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Why you shouldn't even use your phone hands-free while you're driving

Why you shouldn't even use your phone hands-free while you're driving
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With all your digital devices, it's easy to get distracted when you're driving. The consequences can be terrible.

In 2013, distracted driving caused accidents that injured 424,000 people. More than 3,150 people were killed because of distracted driving.

But, if you're like a lot of people you've been keeping safe by not texting while driving, or dialing your phone, or swiping through music to get to a better song. Plus, you're probably trying to stay safe by using voice-activated systems like Apple's Siri or your car's voice-activated system.

But even using these hands-free options aren't safe, according to two studies by the University of Utah. They found that voice-activated systems in your car are distracting.

In fact, they found that 10 model-year 2015 cars' voice-activated systems (and three voice-activated systems, Apple Siri, Google Now, and Microsoft's Cortana) were all distracting to drivers.

These researchers examined how mentally distracting these systems were to drivers. The news isn't good if you enjoy using these systems for things like getting directions or changing the music.

Next page: How distracting is your voice-activated system?
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