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New car gadgets and distracted driving

Distracted driving is a phrase most Georgia drivers are familiar with, especially with today's increasingly accessible technology in cars. With smart phone holders, USB chargers and dash cams being some of the hottest commodities in today's market, it is easy to see how some drivers could get carried away with the gadgets and spend minimal attention toward an aspect of driving that they should be aware of most: the road. Are these new technologies really that dangerous, and, if so, are there specific ones to watch out for? 

Road and Track Magazine appears to give an affirmative answer to the aforementioned question. In an article on the most dangerous driving habits, the automotive enthusiast outlet notes that driving tired, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and distracted driving are among the riskiest habits. Quoting statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the article reveals that there are an average of 660,000 distracted drivers keeping the road hot at any given time. Road and Track goes as far as to encourage readers to shut off their cell phones completely while driving, backing the federal government's attempts to ban texting and driving over recent years. 


More recently, CBS News dedicated a report to new car gadgets and distracted driving, giving special attention to infotainment systems in newer models. According to data shared from Consumer Reports, CBS notes the following cars as having the most distracting dashboard entertainment systems:

  • Lexus
  • Cadillac
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Volvo
  • Tesla  

Although the above list does not name every new vehicle with a distracting system, these cars have more complex technologies; some have digital screens in place of dials and buttons, which can make the system harder to access. It is all too easy to become immersed in engaging and entertaining systems -- after all, some features even make driving safer -- but CBS warns the public about the potential dangers these mesmerizing technologies can create. 



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