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Voice-activated text tools are supposed to make driving safer but a new study suggests those auto-messaging features may be doing the opposite.

Lauralee Gunby is a busy woman and spend a lot of time on the road so she sometimes uses voice-activated texting behind the wheel.

“I’ve been using it more and more often now just because I get lazy,” Gunby admitted to Dallas, TX television station KTVT.

You might think that typing a text, since it requires hands would distract a driver far more than speaking into a smartphone but a recent study by Virginia Tech found voice-controlled messaging actually made things harder on drivers and, “resulted in higher mental demand, more frequent and longer glances away from the roadway.”

To read more research from VT on real-life driving habits, click here. You can also watch Michelle Stark’s report on the topic Friday, January 25th on WHNT News 19 at 6:30 p.m.