Hands-Free cell usage not as safe

Study shows drivers more distracted

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It turns out that hands free, is not distraction free.

A new study from AAA shows all those voice activated gadgets automakers are putting in cars are not making driving safer.

According to the research, drivers who use hands free cell phones to talk or send messages are at least two times more distracted than those who don't.

"Your brain is somewhere else because you are thinking about who you're talking to, not what's going on around you," said Larry White, a person who agrees with the study.

And the pitch has been that the use of hands free devices are safer because that allow drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

"Ultimately, the safest thing to do is to pull over and respond to the communication," said Chere Smith with the Automobile Club of Southern California. "You need to pull over to be the safest."

For years, car companies have been marketing hands-free systems to new car buyers, attracting younger buyers with the promise of being able to control music, answer emails, even peek on Facebook or order pizza using your voice.

"It is attractive to have all of those things, but all and all it does take away from your concentration," said Amy Hudson, a person who agrees with the AAA study. "So I'd say I wish they wouldn't add all that technology, so we can get back to driving."

To view the full Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile report, the AAA Foundation's Research Compendium on Cognitive Distraction or AAA's Distracted Driving Fact Sheet, click here : http://bit.ly/151yh1d.

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