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Many of us are guilty of piddling around with touchscreens in our cars while on the road; and, hopefully we can all agree the behavior is extremely distracting. Touchscreens in vehicles have become more widespread these days, and more dangerous as well. Trying to drive a car while taking your eyes off the road to toy around with a screen is risky for any motorist, but recent news has shown this type of distracted driving could be even more life threatening for senior drivers.
Technology and Distracted Driving for Senior Drivers
Of course we are aware cell phone use while driving is prohibited in many areas of the U.S., but the regulation of in-car touchscreens is an entirely different issue yet to be addressed. Not only is the problem being mostly ignored these days, but many automakers are also encouraged to incorporate touchscreens in cars today. Many basic functions, such as radio and air conditioning controls, now require drivers to take their eyes off the road in order to adjust.
Research has recognized touchscreens can be distracting for drivers of any age; however, when senior drivers try to engage with the technology, they take their eyes off the road for much longer periods of time to try to figure things out. One study revealed that on average, senior drivers took their eyes off the road for a total of eight seconds longer than younger drivers. Experts say anything longer than 24 seconds is far too long to lose focus on the road, and senior drivers sometimes take up to one minute to perform screen-based tasks.
Safety Tips for Technology in Cars
Obviously a few other factors come into play here. Senior drivers typically have slower reaction times and are less familiar with technology as a whole. Advanced technology only compounds the problem, making more drivers on the road unsafe. How can we help senior drivers feel safe while operating their vehicles? A few of the tips below might help:
Distracted Driving Accident Help
Unfortunately, the road is full of distracted drivers of all ages. While we can practice with technology and try to avoid disturbances while on the road, not all drivers take the time to do the same. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a distracted driving car accident, we can help. Contact the experienced Houston trial lawyers at Adame Garza LLP today for a free case evaluation.