Comment 78536

By lakeside (registered) | Posted June 14, 2012 at 23:43:42 in reply to Comment 78506

Indeed, using a hands-free device certainly does free up both hands, allowing the driver to better respond to developing road situations.

But a hands-free phone conversation with somebody in a remote place is very different than talking with someone else who's traveling within the same moving vehicle.

If you have much experience with the latter then you realize that a passenger who's engaged in conversation with the driver will _instinctively_ stop mid-sentence when a critical situation occurs, thus allowing the driver who is part of the conversation to 'un-divide' their attention and react to the event.(Okay, not everyone will do this but most non-narcissists, with any sense of self-preservation, will.)

This doesn't happen when the person who is the other half of the conversation is not witness to the impending danger.

Comment edited by lakeside on 2012-06-14 23:47:02

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