Distractions behind the wheel

NC_distracteddriving1022_700x394(NBC News) A new report is raising concerns about distracted driving.

The study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concludes even hands-free technology in cars, promoted as a safer option, is distracting to drivers.

“The research confirms that hands-free is not risk free,” says AAA’s Peter Kissinger.

Kissinger says the research shows hands-free systems are, in fact, quite distracting.

“What is particularly surprising, is that that cognitive distraction is not only prevalent when people are using the system but it persists or lingers for up to 27 seconds after they stop using the system,” he points out.

The report tested voice-activated, hands-free technology in ten type passenger vehicles and three makes of smartphones, and researchers expect the same results if other cars and phones were tested.

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