It is a fact that using your mobile phone whilst driving drastically increases the chances of being involved in a road traffic accident. As a response to the dangers of using a mobile phone when driving, handsfree sets have become an almost ubiquitous driving aid for those who need to stay connected whilst on the move.
Handsfree sets whilst driving
You may by law use handsfree sets whilst driving a vehicle, although it must be stated that there is a caveat to this. If police find you to be distracted and not in proper control of the vehicle as the result of using a handsfree set, you may still be stopped and penalised.
Are handsfree sets actually safe?
Whilst the legal position may state that it is acceptable to use handsfree sets whilst driving, that doesn’t mean to say that it is entirely safe. In 2013 a Canadian study researched the driving habits of those using handsfree sets including their attention to the road, coordination and control of the vehicle. The study found that those using handsfree sets were almost as likely to be involved in a road traffic accident as those who use their phone whilst driving. The reason for this is that whilst our hands may be free to keep control of the vehicle, making a phone call still distracts our attention from the road.
Taking a call whilst driving
The best advice for taking or making a phone call whilst driving is to find a suitable place to pull over which does not obstruct traffic or violate any driving laws, apply your handbrake and switch off your engine. If it is not possible to do this, then the best advice is to simply ignore the call and continue on until you can find a safe spot to phone the caller back. If the matter is important, the caller will ring you back. It’s better to miss an important call than to risk your life in a road traffic collision.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown