Do the New Features in Today’s Cars Distract Drivers?

From voice-enabled commands to Bluetooth wireless phone systems, new cars these days come packed with “smart” technology that is supposed to make performing small tasks while driving easier. For example, steering wheels can now do more than just control the direction of a car. Many come equipped with multi-button interfaces allowing drivers to control everything from the A/C to the radio. While these new features often entice potential buyers, are they really making the roads any safer?

Unfortunately, distracted driving is becoming an increasingly dangerous issue and the myriad of new features in cars may only be adding to the problem. While these new features may make small tasks more manageable, it may also mean drivers may perform them more frequently. Furthermore, some studies have shown that any diversion of a driver’s attention may constitute a risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of accidents involving distracted driving increased 10% from 2012 to 2013.

Why Is Distracted Driving so Dangerous?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration breaks distractions down into three categories: visual, cognitive, and manual. Stimuli in any one of these categories which diverts a motorist’s attention away from the task of driving can constitute a substantial danger. For example, many drivers may assume that because they are keeping their eyes on the road that it is safe to use a car’s voice-enabled commands. However, the cognitive distraction can reduce their overall focus on the road. The more frequently drivers perform these task, the greater the danger to everyone on the road.

When drivers look over to change the radio, enter a destination in a navigation system, or enable a phone’s Bluetooth, they are not paying attention to the road. Even if this is just for a moment, it can take a driver a substantial amount of time to fully readjust to driving. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), this re-adjustment time can be as great as 27 seconds.

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