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New technology brings new dangers to the road

Every year, new cars on the road seem to come with a number of new and exciting technological upgrades. Some, including blind spot warnings and backup cameras, help increase your safety and the safety of your fellow drivers.

Unfortunately, not all of these innovations are making South Carolina’s highways safer. The rise of one particular type of technology in our cars is distracting drivers and removing their focus from the road.

Infotainment systems are distracting drivers

Infotainment systems are large screens that provide drivers access to navigation, entertainment, email or text messages. All of this information is readily available at a driver’s fingertips.

While their rise in the modern automobile greatly enhances convenience, it comes at a serious cost: distraction.

The AAA Foundation researched the infotainment systems of 30 new 2017 vehicles. Researchers evaluated each system based on how demanding it was for drivers to interact with the infotainment system.

The startling result from the study is that zero of the 30 systems required low demand, while 23 of the 30 required either high demand or very high demand.

It is estimated that one-in-three drivers use an infotainment system, and the most demanding systems can keep drivers distracted for more than 40 seconds. When you consider that the chances of an accident double if a driver looks away for just two seconds, these distracting systems can greatly increase the chances of a collision.

Tips to avoid distractions

Even if you do not have a demanding infotainment system in your car, there are a still a number of factors that can cause distractions. In order to help you keep your focus on the road, take note of the following four tips:

  • Do not drive if you are tired or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel
  • Adjust mirrors and the radio before you start driving
  • Place electronic devices out of sight and only use them once you have pulled off the road

No matter how much focus you have on the road, it is likely that some of your fellow drivers may not be as attentive. When another driver’s negligence causes a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

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