Hands-free could be dangerous

Australian Consumers' Association spokesman Norm Crothers has endorsed the findings of a US “Choice” report which shows that talking on a hands-free mobile phone while driving could be just as dangerous as using a hand-held one. The US report indicated that using a hands-free phone behind the wheel is just as distracting as holding a phone, and that both are more distracting than passengers.

Norm Crothers says that drivers' abilities could be seriously impaired in an emergency situation. The US research showed that when drivers dialled or talked using either hand-held or hands-free phones, they slowed down, swerved in and out of lanes and had trouble recalling signs.