Hands-free technology is a dangerous distraction for drivers, according to AAA’s new study.
Michelle Harris, director of the AAA’s Traffic Safety Culture, said although originally created to assist drivers, the distraction brought by hands free features such as voice-to-text technology is increasing risks on the road.
“This study really emphasizes the fact that it’s not increasing your safety just because your hands are on the wheel and your eyes are on the road, because your mind is somewhere else,” she said.
The study ranked the actions of drivers from a scale of one to three, categorizing distractions from least risky to most dangerous.
Talking on a cellphone is considered a moderate risk, while voice-activated emails are among the activities in the high-risk category.
Harris said it’s important to stay focused and make getting from point A to point B your priority.