New cars today can make phone calls for you and probably even pay your bills all by the sound of your voice. But in a groundbreaking new study, AAA shows hands-free isn’t risk free, and implores auto manufacturers to consider safety before installing new and smarter gadgets.
In 2011, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety set out to study whether hands-free devices actually reduce the risk of driver distraction.
Drivers can be distracted in three primary ways:
- Visual distraction (eyes off the road)
- Manual distraction (hands off the wheel)
- Cognitive distraction (mind off the task)