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contiki

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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 7:36:50 AM

Study: Hands-free devices dangerous for driving..........

AAA: Hands-Free Devices Distract Drivers
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013

That Bluetooth device you use in your car may not be as safe as you think -- a new AAA study says hands-free technology can be very distracting.
Researchers say that as a driver's mental workload increases, their reaction time slows and they scan the road less. The study, done in conjunction with the University of Utah, is the first to examine the use of hands-free devices.

“This landmark study is eye-opening and sobering. It proves that hands-free is not a safety ‘silver bullet’ and that talking on a cell phone while driving is dangerous, no matter whether hand-held or hands-free,” said Lon Anderson, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Managing Director of Public and Government Affairs.

With more and more new vehicles being equipped with "infotainment" systems, AAA is urging drivers to not use voice-to-text features while operating their vehicles.

"...these increasingly common voice-driven, in-vehicle technologies should be limited to use for just core driving tasks unless the activity results in no significant driver distraction,” said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet.

AAA: Hands-Free Devices Distract Drivers
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 7:20:29 AM

Yes, and apparently wearning seat belts is also dangerous for driving because it gives the driver a feeling of being more secure behind the wheel, so they drive faster

I disagree......I have wore seatbelts for years it is also the law in Canada to do so and I never felt like that way ever and I am sure many other drivers feel the same way...

Hands-free devices dangerous for driving.....

More attention is needed watching the road, not less......with no accuses..



[Edited by: contiki at 6/18/2013 7:22:36 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 9:17:07 AM

Yes, and apparently wearning seat belts is also dangerous for driving because it gives the driver a feeling of being more secure behind the wheel, so they drive faster. Life is about managing perceived risks.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2013 3:07:22 PM

Knowing this technogy it become mainstream in many new vehicles is a bit scary.......

More attention is needed watching the road not less......
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2013 11:08:09 AM

There Is A Reasonable Way To Use These Devices It's The Focus And Lack Of That Scares Me The Most.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2013 10:43:02 AM

Sorry I made a mistake in my last posting........

It should have read:

Titanic1985, I understand your comment and don't think of it as being a bit narrow at all.....

I feel this report has much merit to it by the test that AAA has done.....

Many posters want to treat this report as not that important where I see it is very important since many automakers are making technology to promote this type of lifestyle in their vehicles of today and I feel that they are making our roadways a much more dangerous place to drive...

We have seen what cellphones have done to our roadways and what has happen with weaving all over the roads ,driving slow, not paying attention to the road and now we are changing that to hands free but the DISTRACTION is in the head, not in the hand....

I truly believe that drivers will always make accuses why they need this kind of technology but when it can cause dangerous situations on our roads and highways that is a different story.....

I am all for change in lifesyle with our autos as long as it is safety fist......

Remember we all share our roads and highways and safety has to be paramount.............

[Edited by: contiki at 6/16/2013 10:48:26 AM EST]
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2013 9:52:43 AM

Titanic1985, I understand your comment but I feel this report has much merit to it by the test that AAA has done.....

Many posters want to treat this report as not that important where I see it is very important since many automakers are making technology to promote this type of lifestyle in their vehicles and are making our roadways much more dangerous place to drive...

We have seen what cellphones have done to our roadways and what has happen with weaving all over the roads ,driving slow, not paying attention to the road and now we are changing that to hands feel but the attraction is in the head not in the hand....

I truly believe that drivers will always make accuses why they need this technology and this is causing dangerous situations on our roads and highways....

Remember we all share our roads and highways and safety has to be paramount.............



[Edited by: contiki at 6/16/2013 9:56:10 AM EST]
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2013 8:53:07 AM

Good Morning contiki,

I've been following this Topic with interest and there is a common issue shared by responding GBs, that being Cognitive Psychology. Your Topic is really a bit narrow as it is just one small aspect of an individual's cognitive capabilities in life.

Here is the definition of Cognitive Psychology:

Cognitive psychology is the study of mental processes. The American Psychological Association defines cognitive psychology as "The study of higher mental processes such as attention, language use, memory, perception, problem solving, and thinking."[1] Much of the work derived from cognitive psychology has been integrated into various other modern disciplines of psychological study including social psychology, personality psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, and educational psychology.

Here is a more thorough definition:

Cognitive Psychology

This issue is serious and is quite real. In its worst forms it can render an individual mentally and physically disabled. As we age and the world of distractions grows worse, the problem(s) increase. Our responses are called many names such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), etc.

In your Topic, this issue can and does affect a driver's capabilities. Each individual with this disorder must be extensively evaluated by highly skilled doctors in the field of Psychology & Psychiatry and given ongoing treatment for it to include behavioral controls and medications (worst cases). It is a lifelong condition of varying degree with no real cure. People from all walks of life and all ages may have it. It is easily identifiable by one who knows about it or experiences it.

My post is not to imply that everyone should check into a mental hospital, but more of the fact that each of us may be prone to this condition or have elements of it. It cannot be cured by legislation, but recognition, medical help, family support and most importantly prayer do help.

Take care :-). MGY



[Edited by: Titanic1985 at 6/16/2013 8:58:40 AM EST]
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2013 7:36:06 AM

More distractions on the roads and highways sure doesn't make me feel safe..........

It makes for more accidents..........
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2013 5:55:43 PM

14smoke says " The thing is contiki, you and I are actually in agreement on this, "

I am glad to see it..........
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2013 11:57:28 AM

The thing is contiki, you and I are actually in agreement on this, that it is a distraction. All I'm saying is that there are myriad more distractions than that. There is no evidence at this point that talking on a cell phone is any more cause for accidents than talking to a passenger in the car.

In the end, a distraction is a distraction, and it takes away from the driver's most important task, driving. As many of these as we can eliminate, we should, but, it should be us, the drivers taking the lead on it and being responsible for ourselves instead of waiting for the government to "take care of us" by making more and more laws when they don't enforce the ones they have now.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2013 11:22:53 AM

Here are some key results of the study, which looked primarily at how drivers reacted to increased mental workload and distractions:

As mental workload increased, reaction time slowed;

Brain function was compromised;
Drivers scanned the road less and tended to focus only on the centre of the road, ignoring things like crosswalks and intersections;
Visual cues such as stop signs and pedestrians often went unnoticed.

I believe the study and not the accuses......
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MTK143
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2013 11:18:57 AM

its the same as talking to someone that is in the car with you
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2013 10:57:49 AM

A very dangerous problem and I am glad that studies are being done on this unsafe issue........

Maybe something can and will be done on this issue......

There are many of us drivers who share the roads and highways with these people doing this unsafe practice............

Our safety is worth all the studies that are made and the laws that might be needed, to protect us on the roadways..............
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 12:20:35 PM

Hidden dangers of hands-free messaging revealed in new study........

Using voice commands to send text messages and emails from behind the wheel, which is marketed as a safer alternative for drivers, actually is more distracting and dangerous than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.

New study suggests the distractions associated with new types of hands-free technology could put drivers at more risk.

Cooper and his colleagues carried out the study on behalf of the American Automobile Association. Their findings, released Wednesday, contradict the assumption that, as long as an activity performed while driving is hands-free, it is safe.

Here are some key results of the study, which looked primarily at how drivers reacted to increased mental workload and distractions:
As mental workload increased, reaction time slowed;

Brain function was compromised;
Drivers scanned the road less and tended to focus only on the centre of the road, ignoring things like crosswalks and intersections;
Visual cues such as stop signs and pedestrians often went unnoticed.

Hidden dangers of hands-free messaging revealed in new study........


[Edited by: contiki at 6/13/2013 12:24:52 PM EST]
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 11:16:34 AM

The distraction is in your head not in your hand......

Talking while driving to someone on a hands-free devices is more distracting and the reason for the study..... .......

These studies have merit to them while some people want to make accuses because of using hand-free devices...

We all share the roads and highways and safety is the MAJOR concern, not accuses........

That always seem to be the case these days....it all about what people want, not what is safe..............

Safety is for us all and I welcome studies done for safety on our roadways....

People will always make accuses for what they want not what is safe to do..
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2013 10:36:42 AM

Anything that takes your mind off driving is a distraction, so, in the end we are all distracted drivers, because our minds will begin to think of things in addition to driving.

We could begin a list, done earlier in this thread, but, I think we can safely say that living is a distraction, because, again, our minds will begin to think of other things if we are alone, and if there is someone else in the car, we will talk to them, distractions.
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:48:28 PM

There are so many distractions while behind the wheel that I am surprised there are not more fatal accidents.
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 2:18:57 PM

some people just can't drive in the first place

working the heater and AM radio would be to much for them

these are the same people that feel the need to yap on the phone with there kids,asking about there day at school, while driving @70 mph on the freeway, on the way home to be with there kids !

something when very wrong on the way to 2013



[Edited by: CactusBobs at 6/12/2013 2:20:12 PM EST]
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 1:21:03 PM

Some people seem to think because you are not holding a device that is safe but the distraction is in your head not in your hand......



[Edited by: contiki at 6/12/2013 1:22:12 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:50:29 AM

We definitely need to demand our trusted government officials to create laws to protect us from ourselves.
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:41:40 AM

Continue the 'distractions' list:

A dog in the car (especially on your lap)
Kids in the back seat
Construction
Eating and/or drinking
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 10:39:36 AM

You know, living itself involves a certain level of risk. Its a question of how much risk is someone comfortable with. Or would AAA prefer we just all stay in our beds with the covers pulled over our heads?
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:40:11 AM

Talking with a passenger in the car is unsafe.
Back seat drivers are unsafe.
Sign spinners are unsafe.

Where will this go?
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:29:00 AM

Hands-free talking and texting are unsafe..........

University of Utah study for AAA warns of looming safety crisis

SALT LAKE CITY, June 12, 2013 – Using hands-free devices to talk, text or send e-mail while driving is distracting and risky, contrary to what many people believe, says a new University of Utah study issued today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

"Our research shows that hands-free is not risk-free," says University of Utah psychology Professor David Strayer, lead author of the study, which he conducted for the foundation arm of the nonprofit AAA, formerly known as the American Automobile Association.

"These new, speech-based technologies in the car can overload the driver's attention and impair their ability to drive safely," says Strayer. "An unintended consequence of trying to make driving safer – by moving to speech-to-text, in-vehicle systems – may actually overload the driver and make them less safe."

Hands-free talking and texting are unsafe

[Edited by: contiki at 6/12/2013 9:29:35 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 9:03:34 AM

Talking on any type of phone is a distraction.
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:34:20 AM

Speed limit signs are a distraction.
Police cars are a distraction.
I don't talk on the phone much when I drive. I have it on speaker so not to have a phone at my ear. I don't want to get a ticket, but maybe, just maybe when police and other emergency people feel that driving distracted is not a good idea, I may care more. I see many of them driving around talking on phones. They don't care and they are suposed to be our finest?

Everything and anything can be a distraction. Other people, other cars, signs, billbords, the raidio. Just have to learn how to drive and pay attention with all this happening around.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:31:03 AM

speedy700 says " I'm not surprised by that. Anything that takes away from your concentration while driving is a distraction. "

I agree speedy700......

Some people seem to think because you are not holding a device that is safe but the distraction is in your head not in your hand......


[Edited by: contiki at 6/12/2013 8:32:04 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:14:11 AM

I don't care what they say, a hands free device like Bluetooth through my car audio is much safer than a phone stuck into your ear. What in actuality is the difference in conversing into a phone and talking to someone who is physically in your vehicle? None! The Bluetooth cuts the radio off during the conversation and you can keep your hands on the steering wheel and watch the road more closely. If you are that easily distracted, then you don't need to be driving, period.
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:04:17 AM

I'm not surprised by that. Anything that takes away from your concentration while driving is a distraction.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 7:43:19 AM

I have said this for years now that is still a distraction from driving..........

Yet here in Ontario hand free devices have been ok for use..........

I am glad that AAA see the real truth to this issue now maybe something will be done about this dangerous act.............

The only question is how do you enforce it when police are having a problem trying to enforce cell phone use..........

[Edited by: contiki at 6/12/2013 7:46:35 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 7:39:25 AM

lets study whether or not the radio is also a distraction... or riders in the car
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