Most people view in-car automobile technology as aids in reducing and preventing motor vehicle accidents. In many cases, technology can do just that by giving drivers control over vehicle systems through touch or voice commands. However, a recent report indicates that older motorists may find this technology quite distracting. As you already know, such distraction can result in a vehicle accident.
In a study by the American Automobile Association (AAA), motorists aged 55 and older participated in tests to see how they handled technology in vehicles. The results of these tests show that senior citizens take up to eight seconds longer than younger motorists do when using tech functions like navigation and making calls.
While eight seconds feels like a blink of the eye, it is too long to have one’s eyes away from the road. A representative from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that taking one’s attention back and forth from driving tasks to in-car technology is particularly dangerous. AAA reports that even shifting your focus for a mere two seconds doubles the risk of experiencing a motor vehicle accident.
Reportedly, the infotainment dashboard screens in newer vehicles often distract older motorists. Even tech systems voice commands can be distracting to seniors as well. When the voice commands do not function as designed, drivers may also experience frustration.
Protecting an aging loved one from motor vehicle accidents is not the only reason to be cautious about in-car technology. Too much distraction behind the wheel puts all Florida residents at risk of suffering crash injuries. If this happens to you or a family member, an injury lawyer can help you pursue adequate compensation.