Although hands-free cell phones seem safer – Postscripts – still cause distraction

Although hands-free cell phones seem safer – Postscripts – still cause distraction – Brief Article

Although hands-free cell phones seem safer than other types of mobile phones, they still appear to pose a driving hazard and interefere with the ability to maneuver an automobile, according to a report published in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (March 2003).

In 2001, David L. Strayer of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City reported that drivers who conversed using either hand-held of hands-free cell phones during driving tests ran more red lights and had slower reaction times that drivers who talked with passengers or listened to books on tape.

In Mr. Strayer’s new investigations, 110 college students who operated a driving simulator caused more collisions when talking on a hands-free mobile phone than when not talking on a phone.

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