It is common knowledge that smartphones, mobile devices and driving in Carnegie do not mix. According to Fortune.com, in 2015, the number of people who died in car accidents was 400,000. Many of those incidents were because the drivers were distracted. What many motorists do not realize is that there is a bigger danger inside of their cars that often leads to distractions.
When drivers become so engrossed in using certain technology-enabled devices and functions in their cars, they become more likely to crash into objects, other cars, trucks and pedestrians. One function like voice assistance does not require drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel for extended lengths of time. Touchscreen functions do require them to remove their hands from the steering wheel. The time that motorists spend focusing on those features instead of the roads puts them at serious risk of harm.
Some technology is a safety barrier
A recent study posted in MarketWatch.com, some car technology features can have an adverse impact on driver safety. Programming navigational devices and performing other tasks on their dashboards are two common ways that drivers become distracted. Other common types of distractions that are just as dangerous for drivers are texting while driving, interacting with passengers, eating and personal grooming.
Motorists can avoid distractions by taking time to program their cars and navigational systems before they start to drive. They should also keep in mind that their safety becomes severely compromised every second their mind is not focused on the task of driving safely, eyes are not on the roads and hands are not on their steering wheels.