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Is a hands-free phone safer than a handheld phone?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19433208     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
INTRODUCTION: Although it is becoming more and more accepted that driving while talking on a cell phone can be hazardous, most jurisdictions are making handheld phone use illegal while allowing hands-free phone use. METHODS: The scientific literature exploring the effects of these two types of cell phone use on driving and driving-related performance is reviewed here. RESULTS: Our review shows that talking on the phone, regardless of phone type, has negative impacts on performance especially in detecting and identifying events. Performance while using a hands-free phone was rarely found to be better than when using a handheld phone. Some studies found that drivers compensate for the deleterious effects of cell phone use when using a handheld phone but neglect to do so when using a hands-free phone. IMPACT ON INDUSTRY: Current research does not support the decision to allow hands-free phone use while driving.
Yoko Ishigami; Raymond M Klein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2009-04-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of safety research     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1879-1247     ISO Abbreviation:  J Safety Res     Publication Date:  2009  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-12     Completed Date:  2009-08-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1264241     Medline TA:  J Safety Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  157-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic / statistics & numerical data*
Automobile Driving*
Cellular Phone / instrumentation*
Equipment Design*
Risk Factors

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