In the past, people had to rely on maps to get where they needed to go. More recently, drivers used handheld devices to map out their travel plans, but the increase in the usage of handheld devices led to a spike in car accidents.
Infotainment systems are in many new vehicles. These systems are easy-to-use and have a lot of functions, but while they are convenient, do they solve the problem of distracted driving?
Vehicle Infotainment Systems
Infotainment systems create an advanced and easy driving experience. Features such as phone calls, texts, and music selections are programmable for hands-free functionality. However, hands-free devices do not erase the dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted Driving & Hands-Free Devices
Infotainment systems and other hands-free devices were designed with human safety in mind, but these systems still cause distracted driving. Drivers may be more mindful of their immediate environment when utilizing an infotainment system, but studies have shown that it’s impossible for humans to focus on two tasks at once.
Therefore, any driver using an infotainment center is distracted.
Scientific evidence proves that infotainment systems cause distracted driving and subsequent accidents. A recent AAA study found that calling someone on an infotainment system took 17 seconds when putting in an unsaved number. That’s 17 seconds of eyes off of the road!
Additionally, the National Safety Council found that drivers using hands-free devices miss up to 50% of what’s around them. Therefore, infotainment systems with phone capabilities are distracting to drivers.
As you can see, infotainment systems are far from perfectly safe. Therefore, think about using these systems when at red lights or otherwise stopped as opposed to while in motion.
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