Voice-activated email and hands-free phones still distracting drivers

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If you talk on your cell phone, or use voice-activated email while driving…you may not see what’s right in front of you.

AAA foundation for traffic safety points to a new study by the University of Utah that shows mental overload is compromising drivers’ attention.

The findings show that as distractions increase…reaction time slows.

The most distracting was listening to and responding to voice-activated email followed by talking on a handheld or hands-free cell phone.

Listening to the radio was the lowest risk.

AAA is encouraging drivers not to use voice-to-text features while their vehicle is in motion.

AAA predicts a five-fold increase in infotainment systems in new vehicles by 2018.

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