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Are Hands-Free Devices Safe? – New AAA Study From the University of Utah Says “NO”

Hands-free devices, especially ones that convert speech-to-text for text messaging while driving, aren’t always safer to use behind the wheel, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Researchers with the Center for the Prevention of Distracted Driving at the University of Utah set up drivers with a brainwave-measuring device and had them simulate driving with several different types of distractions, such as talking to a passenger, listening to the radio, standard and hands-free cellphone conversations and using speech-to-text email. These so-called “cognitive distractions” can be dangerous, the study suggests.

Drivers who used a hands-free device to make a cellphone call were only slightly less cognitively distracted than those who used a handheld cellphone. Talking to a passenger was deemed equally distracting. Those who used speech-to-text devices were three times as distracted as someone who was driving with no distractions or listening to the radio.

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