No one need tell you that distracted driving, particularly cellphone usage while driving, poses a major problem in Connecticut and across the nation. However, if you believe that talking or texting on your cellphone hands-free while driving makes you safe, think again.

Per the National Safety Council, using your cellphone hands-free while driving poses just as much risk to you, your passengers and the other motorist around you as using your hands to talk or text. Why? Because it still allows you to become distracted from your main responsibility as a driver: to drive safely.

Distracted driving

Distracted driving comes in the following three varieties:

  1. Manual distraction any time you remove your hands from the steering wheel
  2. Visual distraction any time you remove your eyes from the road
  3. Mental distraction any time you think about anything other than driving

While hands-free cellphone usage may reduce the first two types of distraction, it definitely does not reduce the third type. Despite today’s emphasis on multitasking, your brain, in fact, can only do one thing at a time. Using hands-free technology to talk or text on your cellphone while driving reduces your ability to see and understand movement around you by 33%. More frightening still, it reduces your ability to see and understand the stationary objects around you by 50%.

Consequently, for your own safety, as well as that of your passengers and the motorists sharing the road with you, just say no to cellphone usage while driving.

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.