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Your car is making you a distracted driver

This week I was speaking to high school students about the dangers of distracted driving, and I was stumped by one of the questions they asked me.

How do you keep from being distracted by your car itself?

Of course, you have to pay attention to what’s happening on the dashboard in addition to what’s happening on the road. But how can you be visually, manually, and cognitively focused on driving your car when you see THIS?

Cadillac_CUE_system

The answer? It is impossible.

Next time I am asked that question during a distracted driving presentation, I’ll have a better answer. The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued voluntary guidelines for automakers to develop less distracting in-vehicle electronics, and to factor in how drivers see and control those electronic systems with their hands.

The distraction guidelines include recommendations to reduce electronic system complexity, to limit off-road glances to no more than 2 seconds, and to limit unnecessary visual information in the driver’s field of view.

Consumer Reports auto test center called the federal guidelines a “very good first move” and plans to urge the government to rate the safety of cars based on how distracting they are to operate.

Contact D’Amore Law Group to learn more about the distracted driving presentation, which is being presented in conjunction with EndDD.org. 

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