New Cars And Distracted Driving

New-model cars are loaded with more driver distractions than ever before, including navigation systems that take an average of 40 seconds to program, according to an AAA study of more than two dozen 2017 vehicles. Find out more about new cars, distracted driving and get a free online insurance auto quote from our website.

alfa-romeo-stelvio-01_2The information and entertainment systems in many new cars can distract drivers for as long as 40-plus seconds during any drive. According to AAA, removing your eyes from the road for only two seconds doubles the risk of an accident. The study, conducted for AAA by researchers from the University of Utah, took both voice-based and touch screen features into account, gauging the visual and cognitive demands required to operate infotainment systems in 30 new 2017 vehicles.

AAA estimates that 1 in every 3 drivers on the road uses an infotainment system while driving. A recent survey showed that while almost 70 percent of U.S. adults say they want such new technology in their car, less than one-quarter of them are happy with the way it works. Frustration in operating the systems, the study found, also increases cognitive demand on the driver and can lead to distraction.

Distracted driving is underreported because many drivers don’t admit to their distraction, but in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded that 3,477 people were killed and 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

The AAA foundation tested the distraction factor in 30 different new car models, concluding that 23 of them had technology on board that required the driver pay a high or very high level of attention to it while the car was moving. The report found that infotainment systems could be made safer by locking out navigational programing, text messaging and social media while the vehicle is moving.

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