AAA Study: New Infotainment Systems Heightens Risk of Distracted Driving
Infotainment systems found in new cars can be a dangerous distraction for older drivers, according to a study by the American Automobile Association.
AAA tested drivers as they tried to tune the radio or navigate with the new systems.
“Our foundation for traffic safety concluded that senior drivers become distracted up to eight seconds longer than younger drivers while operating infotainment systems,” says Lauren Paterno, of AAA Northeast.
The automobile agency says taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds can double the risk of getting into an accident.
AAA says it is encouraging car companies to simplify software menus and improve voice-command technology on their infotainment systems to make them less distracting to users.
They also advise drivers to practice using the systems before hitting the road.