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High Tech Dashboards Lead to More Driver Distraction

AAA Consumer Report Reveals the Most Distracting Vehicle Dashboards

A recent consumer report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed how new in-car technology, also known as “infotainment systems,” are taking drivers’ focus off the road and leading to more dangerous distracted driving. Infotainment systems provide directions, music, phone capability and radio, among other features within your vehicle.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Utah, tested 30 vehicle infotainment systems and found all of them to be distracting to some degree. The report found that 23 of those required “high” or “very high” driver focus and concentration to operate the systems effectively. It found that drivers who use voice commands and touch screens to program a GPS are distracted for an average of 40 seconds.

The study involved 120 drivers ages 21 to 36 testing 2017 model-year vehicles.

The most distracting infotainment systems, ranked as “very high,” were in the following vehicles:

  • Audi Q7 QPP
  • Chrysler 300 C
  • Dodge Durango GT
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • GMC Yukon SLT
  • Honda Civic Touring
  • Honda Ridgeline RTL-E
  • Mazda3 Touring
  • Nissan Armada SV
  • Subaru Crosstrek Premium
  • Tesla Model S
  • Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription

The second-most distracting systems, ranked in the “high” category, were in the following vehicles:

  • Cadillac XT5 Luxury
  • Chevrolet Traverse LT
  • Dodge Ram 1500
  • Ford Fusion Titanium
  • Hyundai Sonata Base
  • Infiniti Q50 Premium
  • Jeep Compass Sport
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
  • Kia Sorento LX
  • Nissan Maxima SV
  • Toyota Rav 4 XLE

The third-most distracting systems, ranked in the “moderate” category,” were in the following models:

  • Chevrolet Equinox LT
  • Ford F250 XLT
  • Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
  • Lincoln MKC Premiere
  • Toyota Camry SE
  • Toyota Corolla SE
  • Toyota Sienna XLE

The report also found that by removing some of the knobs and buttons in vehicles and replacing them with touch screen devices has caused more confusion and distraction for drivers. While some of these vehicles have added safety features such as lane departure warnings and automatic braking, setting those features are taking drivers’ eyes off the road.

Distracted driving is a major reason why fatal crashes have increased in the United States. The number of deadly crashes involving distracted driving jumped 8.8% to 3,477 in 2015, the latest year in which statistics were available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If you or a loved one were involved in an automobile accident with a distracted driver, you need to contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Attorney immediately. Florida drivers have only 14 days to seek initial medical attention to receive insurance benefits after an accident. The damages from a serious car accident are not always covered in a settlement from your insurance company. Many times, the initial settlement offer is barely enough to cover the basic costs associated with your accident. Our personal injury attorneys are well equipped and armed with years of legal experience helping people file auto insurance claims. We can help you obtain full compensation for your medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, property damage, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.

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