Tennessee residents always look for new ways to stay as safe on the road as possible. Some may use hands-free technology in an attempt to improve driver safety.

But does this type of tech actually offer real improvement? Today, we will look into the purpose of hands-free tech. We will see what areas of distraction it improves on and where it falls short.

The dangers of cognitive distraction

The National Safety Council points out the dangers inherent in hands-free technology. The primary danger is the lack of relief from cognitive distractions. What is a cognitive distraction? It is anything that takes your mind from the task at hand: in this case, driving.

You cannot get rid of all forms of cognitive distraction when driving. Listening to your GPS give directions is a cognitive distraction. So is conversing with passengers or adjusting the temperature. When hands-free tech says it protects drivers from distraction, this is only somewhat true. Drivers should understand that operating hands-free devices still provides a mental distraction.

Hands-free devices and visual or physical distractions

Hands-free devices do address visual and physical distractions, though. Visual distractions encompass anything that takes your eyes off of the road. Physical distractions take your hands off of the wheel. By using hands-free tech, you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

Unfortunately, hands-free tech does not address every possible area of driver distraction. Because of this, drivers should not rely on hands-free tech to keep them safe. Other drivers should also know that hands-free tech cannot protect you from all dangers. It is not permission to drive in a hazardous way.