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Why do so many people believe the hands-free myth?

A deadly myth has made its way across Texas and the rest of the country. It states that hands-free cellphone usage while driving is perfectly safe. Nothing could be further from the truth. In no way does your hands-free cellphone usage equate with risk-free cellphone usage while you drive.

As reported by the National Safety Council, distracted driving, including that caused by hands-free cellphone usage, accounts for the death of at least 100 people each day. The sad truth is that hands-free cellphone usage is just as dangerous as hand-held cellphone usage, if not more so.

Your brain’s response

Another widely believed myth is that your brain can multitask. It cannot. Believe it or not, your brain loses one-third of its ability to see and interpret movement around you when you talk or text on your cellphone hands-free while driving. When it comes to seeing and interpreting the stationary objects around you, the news is even worse. Your brain loses 50% of its ability to process those when you talk or text on your cellphone hands-free.

Social media

If you are like most people today, you have become addicted to your cellphone. You constantly use it to check up on your family and friends via social media. But think about it. Do you really need to have that information while you are driving? Can it not wait until you are in a safe place?

Considering the huge risk you take every time you use your cellphone while driving, even hands-free, your best strategy entails refraining from doing so. As the old saying goes, the life you save may be your own.

This is general educational information and not intended to provide legal advice.

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