Hands-free mobile a safer option? Think again!


It’s well known that mobile phones and driving don’t mix well. In fact, the risk of crashing is FOUR-TIMES more likely if a driver is using their phone! Surely though a hands-free set is safer, right?

In its latest research update, the Centre for Accident Research & Safety (CARRS-Q) has found using a hands-free set-up whilst driving is just as distracting and just as risky for drivers as using a hand-held phone.

While studying the reaction time of drivers using a hand-held compared to a hands-free, researchers found that reaction times were more than 40% slower than those not using a phone at all.

This justifies the current road rules which make using a mobile phone, hand-held or hands-free, illegal for anyone on their Red P’s.

David Webber from RACQ’s Docudrama program, which educates Year 11 and 12 about driver and passenger safety, believes it’s important for P-Platers to understand the dangers of distraction.

“This definitely shows young drivers just why it’s important to not use their phone in any capacity when driving. Distraction is a major contributor to crashes and we strongly encourage young drivers to turn their phone off or put in flight mode to avoid any temptation while driving.”

The free2go team is always here to help our young motorists on the road. RACQ's free2go program is designed for 16 to 19 year old Queenslanders to help take on life’s adventures including gaining a licence, buying your first car, and travelling in Australia and abroad. Free2go members also have access to exclusive offers and access to RACQ membership benefits and services.

Browse free2go.com.au or visit your local RACQ store for further information.

Maryborough Technology Challenge

The RACQ Maryborough Technology Challenge is an annual event held in Maryborough, Queensland. The event aims to help develop efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles as forms of transport, as well as using emerging technologies in ways to help further students education.

The main event at the challenge is the 24 hour Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) endurance race, attracting teams of high school students from across the state.

Other activities at the challenge include:

  • robotics
  • CO2 dragsters
  • solar cars and boats
  • smilie push carts.

For more information go to Official RACQ Technology Challenge.

RACQ Docudrama Road Safety Program

Docudrama is a real-life fatal car crash scenario - part of a road safety program proudly supported by RACQ. The presentation is delivered to thousands of high school students every year across Queensland. It's aimed at giving a reality check to teenagers before they get behind the wheel of a car.