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Distracted driving poses a risk to everyone on the road and remains a significant contributor to motor vehicle crashes. Learn more about distracted driving risks, tips for drivers, state distracted driving laws, and steps AAA is taking to address the issue.
Mental Distractions Behind the Wheel Are Real and Potentially Dangerous
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety partnered with researchers at the University of Utah to conduct groundbreaking research on mental distraction, also known as cognitive distraction. This research shows that hands-free technologies in the car can dangerously divert driver attention, even at seemingly safe moments. learn more about the research:
MENTAL DISTRACTION – WHAT WE KNOW
Mental distractions can dangerously affect drivers behind the wheel and can linger long after completing a distracting activity. Keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel isn’t enough to eliminate driver distraction – hands-free is not risk-free.
MENTAL DISTRACTION – WHAT IT MEANS
Attention is key to safe driving, yet many technologies can cause drivers to lose focus of the road ahead. Hands-free and voice-command features, increasingly common in new vehicles, may create mental distractions that unintentionally provide motorists with a false sense of security about their safety behind the wheel.
MENTAL DISTRACTION – WHAT IS AAA DOING
AAA is dedicated to promoting road safety and reducing driver distraction through research, public education and collaboration with automakers to reduce the impact of mental distraction.
- Read the studies on mental distraction by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:
- Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile
- Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile II: Assessing In-Vehicle Voice-Based Interactive Technologies
- Mental Workload of Common Voice-Based Interactions across Six Different Vehicle Systems
- Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile III: A Comparison of ten 2015 In-Vehicle Information Systems
- The Smartphone and the Driver’s Cognitive Workload: A Comparison of Apple, Google, and Microsoft’s Intelligent Personal Assistants
- Read AAA’s Phase III and Phase IIIa Factsheets on Mental Distraction Study and Summary to Date on Distracted Driving