Even if you’re not physically holding the cell phone, it is still apparently dangerous to drive and talk, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group study 10 years’ worth of research and statistics on car crashes and their causes.
It found that cell phone-related distractions were to blame for 15 percent to 25 percent of crashes. The group believes this number may actually be much higher, since law enforcement would have to prove that a person was using a cell phone before an accident.
While driving while talking on a cell phone or a hands-free device isn’t illegal in many states, adding another distraction to driving can obviously be dangerous. What you do with that added distraction is up to you, but if you know you already have trouble with concentration and attentiveness, it may be best to give up the phone altogether when you’re behind the wheel.