New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that people can be distracted for as long as 27 seconds after dialing, changing music, or sending a text using voice commands.
This finding brings up new concerns about distracted driving. “The reality is that mental distractions persist and can affect driver attention even after the light turns green,” said Marshall Doney, AAA’s President and CEO.
“The results (of the study) indicate that motorists could miss stop signs, pedestrians, and other vehicles while the mind is readjusting to the task of driving,” adds Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The study looked at the degree that hands-free systems in ten 2015-model vehicles and three kinds of smart phones increased mental distraction.
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