Danger of hands-free mobiles while driving

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Organisations like the Royal
Society for the Prevention of Accidents have long been campaigning for the
complete ban of mobile phone use while driving. Research carried out as early
1991 by The Foundation for Traffic Safety pointed to the deleterious effects of
mobile phone use while driving.
So called ‘driver’s
organisations’ like the RAC and the AA have opposed complete bans in the past
because phone use while driving is ‘like applying make-up, drinking or
shaving’. These are statements for which they have no scientific evidence. They
are simply guesses as to what they hope might be true. The mounting scientific
evidence present a different picture.
New research published this
month into hands-free phones makes it clear exactly what effect their use has
on drivers. Their study has found that driver’s cognitive function is
significantly impaired, especially in older participants. Drivers were found to
be significantly less aware of developing situations on the road, a major
contributor to accidents.
The continuing reluctance of
the government to act decisively seems to come down to how much people love
their cars. The current half-way house in the UK of just banning hand-held
mobiles will simply result in more people losing their lives.
About the author

Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.