Arizona drivers may be interested to learn that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has published a study on hands-free voice-activated in-car technologies that allow drivers to make phone calls, text and use social networking sites while driving. The study found that these technologies can still cause the mental distraction blamed for often causing a car accident.
According to the report, the reaction time slows while the mental workload increases. Drivers pay less attention to the road as they drive and may not be able to stop for signs, pedestrians or other motor vehicles. The mental distractions of hands-free talking or texting may also narrow the driver's field of vision, and they may not see objects that come into their paths.