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Hands-Free Gadgets May Still Pose Distracted Driving Risks

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 27, 2012

Cell phone headsets, voice-activated systems, and other hands-free gadgets in vehicles may help keep a driver’s hands on the wheel. However, they can still cause distracted driving accidents or injuries if they distract the driver’s eyes or mind from the task of driving, according to a recent article in the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), drivers whose brains are distracted with conversation, following directions, or other cognitive activities miss up to 50 percent of the information in their surrounding environments. When driving, this means missing up to half of the vital information needed to avoid a crash, such as things like whether a light is changing from yellow to red, whether and from what direction other cars are approaching, or whether there are children or animals present that might suddenly run into the street. Read the rest »

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