Siri_imageDictating a text message or email to your phone with Siri or Vlingo isn’t really safe at all, a new study has found.

Research by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute has found that there’s actually no “real” safety advantage to using voice-to-text apps versus traditional thumb-intensive texting.

The study put 43 people in cars and asked them to send messages while driving on a closed course.

Several provinces in Canada have banned motorists from using handheld devices such as cellphones behind the wheel.

But as drivers use an iPhone’s Siri or Vlingo on Android to dictate commands and messages, they’re putting themselves and others on the road at just as much risk of getting into a crash.

Regardless of how they were using their phone, drivers sending a message using their thumbs or their voices took twice as long to react to road hazards, such as impending crashes and roadside objects, versus those not using their phones at all. The distracted drivers also spent less time looking at the road.

The study also found that drivers felt safer using voice-to-text apps compared to those manually typing out messages, but both were just as bad for their safety.

The dangers of physically texting while driving are well documented. Recently, the family of a Colorado teen released a picture of his phone – which shows he was sending a text before fatally crashing his car.

Do you find it hard to resist the urge to respond to a text message or email while driving?