The Use of Hands-Free Phones While Driving Poses ThreatPosted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 by Lee Baer
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Last year, we introduced a new, blog series on driver safety as part of Drive Safely Work Week, which is organized by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS). Our first post shared details on how sleep impacts safety on the road. Today, we’re offering information on the dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted driving makes headlines regularly, but that doesn’t mean there’s been a decrease in related crashes. In fact, the number of deaths increased by 9 percent from 2013 to 2014. However, many consider these crashes to be underreported. According to the National Safety Council, 26 percent of all traffic crashes involve the use of cell phones.
There are many ways drivers can be distracted. Texting is often the most talked about, but the use of hands-free phones also poses a sizable threat to safety. Research has shown that hands-free devices do not reduce the risks associated with talking on the phone while driving. Those using mobile phones, handheld or hands-free, fail to see up to 50 percent of the information in the driving environment.