Do Hands-Free Infotainment Systems Cut Down On Distracted Driving

Do Hands-Free Infotainment Systems Cut Down On Distracted Driving

by / Friday, 06 November 2015 / Published in Motor Vehicle Accidents
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It is estimated that distracted driving plays a role in about 80 percent of the car accidents that occur today. That is why more drivers today are opting to use infotainment systems. In fact, many of the new cars are already fitted with infotainment systems that allow people to use voice commands to make calls, answer calls, and change radio stations without taking one’s hands off the steering wheel. Infotainment systems can also control navigation.

Infotainment systems may seem like a great thing to use because drivers can still keep their hands on the wheel while adjusting their music or talking on the phone. However, studies have shown that infotainment systems are still a distraction for drivers. A new study conducted by the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety showed that it can take drivers nearly 30 seconds to regain their focus after giving their infotainment system a command.

It is important to note that some infotainment systems seem to be less distracting than others because they are less complicated to use. However, even the best infotainment systems can distract a driver for up to 15 seconds. Car accidents can occur in just a few seconds.

Safety advocates have previously stated that using infotainment systems do not necessarily make driving safer. Many drivers believe that they can safely use an infotainment system because they are not taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel. However, the systems still take their focus off of the road. This is especially true if the infotainment system is difficult to use. Furthermore, the study showed that it takes older drivers longer to regain focus after using an infotainment system.

Marshall Doney, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, has stated that if developers want to develop infotainment systems that are no more demanding than listening to an audiobook or music. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has stated that listening to music or an audiobook are only mildly distracting for drivers.

The AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety is trying to debunk the myth that it is inherently safer to use an infotainment system while driving. They plan on conducting more research in order to examine the effects that infotainment systems have on a person’s driving ability. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has stated that while one can still keep their eyes and hands on the road while giving a command to the infotainment system, drivers should consider pulling over to the side of the road to operate it.

AAA is sharing its findings with government agencies and lawmakers. They have stated that drivers should exercise caution when using infotainment systems, even when they are stopped at an intersection.

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