Infotainment Systems Causing Distracted Driving
Technology has come a long way in recent years, making automobiles much safer. However, with advances in technology come new risks. While distracted driving is not new, there is a new cause in the form of the advanced infotainment systems in cars.
There are numerous distractions when driving. Everything from talking to a passenger, changing the radio station, eating, or using a cell phone can cause serious accidents when done while driving. Infotainment systems, or In-Vehicle Information Systems, give drivers the ability to use GPS, radio, smartphone Apps, and calling capabilities via an easy to use touchscreen.
However, these systems are causing worse distractions. According to a study from AAA, drivers that are programming an address into their GPS system were distracted for an average of 40 seconds. If a driver was traveling at 25 mph, this would be enough time to travel the length of approximately four football fields. The length of distraction did not decrease for drivers who were using voice commands to program the GPS.
The problem with infotainment systems in cars is that they require mental focus to operate. Not only are drivers taking their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel, they are also focusing on a task other than driving.
Infotainments systems do have very useful functions, but they need to be used safely. Drivers who intend on using the GPS or other functions of their infotainment systems need to do so before taking off onto the road. Just taking 60 seconds to do this could prevent an accident.
Drivers need to remember that there is no excuse for distracted driving. Doing so puts everyone on the roadway at risk. Distracted driving causes thousands of accidents every year, and each one could have been prevented.
In light of Texas’s recent texting and driving ban, drivers might be tempted to use voice commands with their Infotainment systems; however, this is still dangerous. Any and all distractions should be avoided when driving.
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