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Hands-Free Car Calls On The Rise

Hands-Free Car Calls On The Rise

Just over ten years after hand-held mobiles were banned at the wheel, there are now demands to ban hands-free kits as well. This stems from a survey finding that reveals that almost half (45%) of drivers admit to chatting when driving.

While the use of hand-held phones by drivers has thankfully dropped (although there are still fools doing it), hands-free use has risen, likely to be linked to the mistaken belief (according to some) that it is a safe alternative. This is one point of view. Another is that it is no different to chatting with the person next to you.

The thinking is that for the past ten years, the lack of a total ban has left many drivers unaware that using a hands-free mobile at the wheel is just as risky as using a hand-held – at least according to those who want to ban it.

It is argued that it is the distraction of the conversation that causes the danger. Studies have apparently shown the risk of being in a crash that causes injury is increased four times for drivers on both hand-held and hands-free phones because reactions are fifty percent slower than under normal conditions.

More obviously, the survey also found that texting at the wheel is a widespread menace, with three in 10 of all drivers admitting sending or reading messages while driving, and an even higher proportion of young drivers (age 18-24) – more than four in 10 – doing so. Smartphone apps are said to be an additional threat, with one in eight drivers using them at the wheel, up from less than one in 10 in 2006.

It is always a worry when this sort of debate goes on. Many will argue the civil liberties case. Others will say that talking hands-free is no different to holding a conversation with other people in the car. Of course, using a handheld phone is stupid – no one can honestly say they can perform two dexterous functions at once. So the question drivers have to ask themselves is how far can they let what they can or can’t do in a car be called into question.

After all – car makers have been fitting highly sophisticated Bluetooth gadgetry into cars for ages now. It is technology that works. How can this now be banned when connectivity plays such a big part in our motoring lives. It’s over to you.

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3 Responses to “Hands-Free Car Calls On The Rise”

  1. Rachel says:

    I don’t see how banning Bluetooth devices that are built into vehicles will be enforced. The argument that using a hands-free device is no different than speaking to someone sitting next to you in the car is pretty solid.

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