Why You Should Use Hands-Free Devices with Cautions?
Technology is making cars faster, more reliable, and safer. Many modern vehicles have complex electronic systems that help drivers avoid collisions before they happen, keep them in the correct lane, see other vehicles in their blind spots, and even parallel park. In the near future, cars may even take care of the driving for us, leaving very little room, if any, for human error. Until that day comes, however, control will remain mostly in the hands of the driver.
Unfortunately, there are lots of reckless drivers out there, people who don’t take the task of driving as seriously as they should, who unwisely believe that they can multitask behind the wheel without putting themselves, and others, at risk. Distracted driving is a veritable epidemic in the nation. In recent years, it has deposed speeding and taken its place as the number one cause of auto accidents.
Auto companies have addressed this issue by implementing hands-free devices in newer vehicle models. The working assumption is that as long as both of the driver’s hands are free and on the wheel, he or she is driving in a safe fashion. However, a recent research study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says otherwise.
According to the results of the study, drivers who use hands-free commands remain distracted for up to 27 seconds after they have made a call or changed music. Even when a motorist returns his or her focus onto the road with both hands on the wheel, the distraction can linger for a non-insignificant amount of time, increasing the risk of an accident.
Some vehicles have more distracting systems than others. After evaluating 10 different cars from the 2015 model year, researchers found the best performing system was on Chevrolet’s Equinox crossover while the worst was on the Mazda 6 sedan. The other vehicles which fared badly, ranking in the bottom five, included the Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Altima, Chrysler 200c, and Hyundai Sonata.
The auto club is sharing the findings with auto manufacturers and mobile technology industries with the goal of developing less distracting and safer systems.
“Given that the impairing effects of distraction may last much longer than people realize,” said Marshall Doney, AAA’s chief executive, “AAA advises consumers to use caution when interacting with these technologies while behind the wheel.”
The experienced California auto accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm hope that you have found this article to be informative. If you ever get into an accident with a distracted driver, please don’t hesitate to call us for help with your personal injury claim. Since 2007, we have collected over $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. We clearly have what it takes to help accident victims get the financial support they need to make a recovery. To learn more about the services we provide, call (800) 522-7274.