Buried in the Virginia Tech study stating a 23-fold increase in collision risk while texting is a negligible risk in talking on a cell phone while driving.
Here's a link to a column in Denver Post discussing the finding. http://www.denverpost.com/carroll/ci_12969052?source=rsshome...
Comments? Opinions? Am I off in LaLa Land for believing that talking on a cell phone using a hands-free device is a whole lot less distracting than most other driver distractions?
For me personally, using my Nuvi w/bluetooth is still a distraction. But no where near as distracting as activating, dialing or holding the phone. I almost never initiate a call and usually let incoming calls go to voice mail. This is just my personal opinion / experience.
I guess if all you do is talk, then it isn't a huge distraction. It is the dialing and reaching for the phone that is the distration. The nuvi 760 has blue tooth (as do many others) and all you need to do is push a button to answer. But, you still need to look at the screen and decide if the person calling is someone you want to talk with at that time.
I would guess this is less distracting than shaving, putting on make-up, turning to tell you child for the 12th time that you don't want them kicking your chair, cleaning up the coffee you spilt when you hit your brakes to avoid the guy who was talking on his cell phone, reading a map or newspaper or your presentation notes, etc.
Point is, anything that causes you to not pay attention to the road, even how briefly, is a distraction.
The fact that you are talking is a distraction, plus if you have to think about anything, dates, times, remember what to pickup at the store it is even worse.
Talking on the phone while driving can be a distraction, even handsfree. I've seen drivers so engrossed in their conversations that they are not paying attention to what is going on. It is possible to drive safely while talking but only if you remember to keep your eyes and mind on the road.
The simple fact is that every person is different. Some people can safely drive and talk on the phone at the same time. But some people can't.
I say they should ban all cell phone use while driving, including the use of headsets. If you need to talk on the phone then pull over and stop. Its pretty simple really.
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