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A recent study has shown that one of the benefits of using a hands-free device is that both hands will remain on the wheel. On the other hand, these studies have also shown that hands-free devices will not reduce the level of distraction. Therefore, the benefits of a hands-free device do not eliminate risk because it is the conversation that distracts the driver, not the electronic design features.

If ever you debated taking or making a call on your cell phone while driving, you might want to read this report first:

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (released 2012):

  • Talking on a cell phone causes nearly 25 percent of car accidents.
  • One-fifth of experienced adult drivers in the United States send text messages while driving.
  • In 2008 almost 6,000 people were killed and 500,000 were injured in crashes related to driver distraction.
  • In 2008, over 800,000 vehicles were driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone during daytime hours.
  • Four out of five accidents (80 percent) are attributed to distracted drivers while drunk drivers account for roughly 1 out of 3 (33 percent) of all accidents in the U.S.
  • Texting while driving is about six times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated.
  • Drivers talking on cell phones are 18 percent slower to react to brake lights.
  • Texting while driving causes a 400 percent increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
  • In 2009, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that distracted driving was the cause of 16 percent of fatal crashes and 80 percent of all crashes.

Although hands-free devices can be one of the better alternatives to texting or having the phone to your ear, they still present danger. The safest way of using a phone is to pull over or wait to arrive at your destination.

If it's using your cell phones or applying lipstick, a distraction is a distraction. You can help avoid being a statistic, by avoiding personal distractions.