AAA: Drivers Increasingly Distracted By Dashboard Technology

The dashboard based systems allow drivers to text use the radio make phone calls or operate a satellite navigation system

Distracted driving largely goes unreported because most of the drivers involved in the accident do not accept that they were distracted during the driving. "I think that a substantial amount of the technology in the auto is too hard and too demanding to use".

"Drivers should avoid using hand held devices", the Association of Global Automakers told ABC in a statement, "but rather use in-vehicle systems".

Technology options on many new cars can be overwhelming, and sophisticated infotainment systems also create increased distractions for drivers, according to a new study. With one in three USA adults using infotainment systems while driving, AAA cautions that using these technologies while behind the wheel can have unsafe consequences.

AAA president and CEO Marshall Doney said, "Automakers should aim to reduce distractions by designing systems that are no more visually or mentally demanding than listening to the radio".

According to a study by the American Automobile Association Foundation, usually the driver of a vehicle moving at the speed of 25 miles per hour takes somewhere around 40 seconds to program the navigation system of the auto.

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Programming navigation was the most distracting task, taking an average of 40 seconds for drivers to complete.

Known as "infotainment centers", these touch screen panels require drivers to look at the screen for longer periods than a traditional radio would. Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash, according to previous research. Researchers rated 23 of the 30 vehicles "very high" or "high" in terms of the attention they demanded from drivers.

AAA is sharing the results with automakers.

"These are solvable problems". "AAA cautions drivers that just because a technology is available while driving does not mean it is safe or easy to use when behind the wheel".

AAA says that the infotainment systems should only be used for emergencies and driving related purposes.

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