Hands-Free Cell phone substantially increases the risk of the driver crashing!!!

December 27, 2006 12:21pm CST
Drivers who use a mobile phone, whether hand-held or hands-free. 1. are much less aware of whats happening on the road and around them 2. fail to see road signs 3. fail to maintain proper lane position and steady speed 4. are more likely to tailgate the vehicle in the front 5. react more slowly and take longer to break 6. are more likely to enter unsafe gaps in traffic 7. feel more stress and frustrated. They are also four times more likely to crash, injuring or killing themselves and/or other people. Using the hasnds-free phone while driving does not significantly reduce the risk because the problems are caused mailnly by the mental distraction and divided attention of taking part in a phone conversation at the same time as driving.
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