Car cradles can be very inexpensive and, when attached to the dashboard or windscreen, can reduce risks associated with reaching for handsets and help minimise eye time off the road by getting the phone up to the eye line level with the road and within easy reach. Research has shown reaching for objects in cars increases crash risk by 4.8-8.8 times for drivers.
The cradle must reliably hold the phone in all foreseeable driving conditions and must not interfere with any aspect of vehicle operation. This includes consideration of vehicle safety features such as airbags, visibility of vehicle instrumentation inside the vehicle and visibility outside the car. There are a variety of commercially available units, and while most are perfectly suitable and economical, several are unsuitable and can pose significant safety threats.
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