Female driver is distracted from driving, dangerously looking at her mobile device rather than the road

Mental Distractions While Driving Are Dangerous

Female driver is distracted from driving, dangerously looking at her mobile device rather than the road

Mental Distractions While Driving Are Dangerous

Hands-free devices are considered safe while driving, but an AAA study found they allow mental distractions, which are just as dangerous.


Distracted driving poses a risk to everyone on the road and remains a significant contributor to motor vehicle crashes.  Learn more about distracted driving risks, tips for drivers, state distracted driving laws, and steps AAA is taking to address the issue.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is partnering with researchers at the University of Utah to conduct groundbreaking research on mental distraction, also known as cognitive distraction. This research  shows that hands-free technologies in the car can dangerously divert driver attention. learn more about the research:

Mental Distraction – What We Know


Mental distractions can dangerously affect drivers behind the wheel.  Just because a driver’s eyes are on the road and hands are on the wheel does not mean they are safe – hands-free is not risk-free.

Driver is dangerously distracted from driving while interacting with GPS device mounted on windshield
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Mental Distraction – What It Means

Attention is key to safe driving, yet many technologies can cause drivers to lose focus of the road ahead. Hands-free and voice-command features, increasingly common in new vehicles, may create mental distractions that unintentionally provide motorists with a false sense of security about their safety behind the wheel.

Mental Distraction – What Is AAA Doing


AAA is dedicated to promoting road safety and reducing driver distraction through research, public education and collaboration with automakers to reduce the impact of mental distraction.

Female driver demonstrates safe driving habits with both hands on steering wheel and eyes on the road
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