Tennessee drivers like you understand the risk of distracted driving. At the same time, you know that it is sometimes necessary to use handheld devices in the car. For example, many people use GPS apps on their phones. They use this rather than onboard navigational systems.

Is there any way to make using these applications less risky? Hands-free tech attempts to do this. But does it succeed?

Hands-free tech may make driving more dangerous

The National Safety Council points out that hands-free does not mean risk-free. In other words, the use of hands-free technology does not guarantee your safety. There is no way to ensure that hands-free tech makes using these devices any safer for you. In fact, it may make your driving experience even more dangerous.

Cognitive distractions caused by hands-free tech

How does it increase your risk? Because it increases cognitive distraction. When driving, there are three areas of distraction to look out for. These areas are physical, visual and cognitive. Physical distractions include anything that takes your hand off the wheel. An example is reaching over to pick something up from the car floor. Visual distractions take your eyes from the road. An example is looking at a backseat passenger. Cognitive distractions take your mind off of driving. An example may include focusing on a radio song.

By using a handheld device, you automatically have cognitive distraction. Instead of focusing on driving, you pay attention to your navigation application. This opens you up for the possibility of distraction. In turn, this makes it more likely for you to get involved in a crash. Do not let the promises of hands-free tech blind you to the potential danger.