Hands-Free is Not Risk-Free

Does using a hands-free device while driving make you safer?

The answer is no! In order to stay safe, you need your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel and your mind on driving. Nearly 110 people die nationwide each day in vehicle crashes and distractions are a leading factor.

When you’re driving and talking on the phone, even hands-free, you can miss up to 50% of what’s going on around you. Your field of view narrows as your brain has to toggle between two tasks — but can’t do two things at the same time.

Talking on your cellphone and talking to a passenger is not the same. A passenger is another set of eyes and is able to identify a traffic hazard and stop talking.

Keep our roads safe by being cell-free!

— Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council