If you don’t have one in your vehicle, it’s likely you have driven by a car and seen the screens located between the driver and passenger, otherwise known as vehicle infotainment systems. It often looks like a large smartphone or small tablet. It may come as no surprise that these systems are quickly joining and topping the list of causes for distracted driving, resulting in lots of visits to local body shops. According to a new study by AAA Foundation, the technology adds some conveniences but contributes to distractions.
Increasing the risk of accidents
According to AAA, when a driver removes his or her eyes from the road for two seconds, it doubles the risk of having an accident. The new study discovered that drivers who use the new technology had more than 40 seconds of visual and mental distraction. This leads to a significant chance of a driver having an accident and needing the best auto body shop San Antonio has to offer.
The study also points out that nearly half of all U.S. drivers, or 40 percent, are using infotainment systems while driving. Program navigation was the most challenging for drivers and took their eyes off the road for the longest period. If drivers became frustrated, it increased the potential for distracted driving.
AAA tested 30 different systems in cars, some that allow features like checking social media or surfing the web that can take a driver’s focus away from the road for significantly long periods.
The laws in Texas
When most Texas residents think of distracted driving, the first thought is usually using a smartphone. In Texas, it is illegal to text, read, or write email on your phone while driving. The challenge is this law refers to a wireless communication device and not to using in-vehicle infotainment systems.
At ProCare Automotive and Collision, a San Antonio body shop, we care about the safety of our community. We work here and live here. We are here if you do get into an accident and will make the collision repair experience hassle-free. However, it is our hope that everyone drives not only according to the laws, but safely and not distracted by any devices or anything else in the vehicle.