Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Sunday June 12, 2016

Talking On Your Hands-Free While Driving Isn’t Safe

What do you think about this research? Have any of you actually zoned out like this while talking and driving?

"A popular misconception is that using a mobile phone while driving is safe as long as the driver uses a hands-free phone. Our research shows this is not the case. Hands-free can be equally distracting because conversations cause the driver to visually imagine what they’re talking about. This visual imagery competes for processing resources with what the driver sees in front of them on the road. "Our findings have implications for real-life mobile phone conversations. The person at the other end of the phone might ask "where did you leave the blue file?", causing the driver to mentally search a remembered room. The driver may also simply imagine the facial expression of the person they’re talking to.