Your Car’s Dashboard Infotainment: is it a Silent Killer?

In today’s modern world it’s hard to imagine a car without a fully loaded, easy-to-use, front and center infotainment system on the dashboard. There are certainly perks to these technologically equipped systems where virtually anything you want to know / see / do / find / hear is just one click away or voice command away. But there are perils of these systems as well. Recent research is showing that there are several car infotainment system dangers, and they all revolve around the fact that if you’re driving and focusing on your car’s infotainment system, you’re practicing distracted driving, and that can be a irreversibly dangerous habit.

The notion is pretty simple: if you’re looking anywhere but on the road ahead of you, you’re not paying attention and you’re putting yourself, your passengers and other drivers at risk. And with the incredibly enticing, state-of-the-art, all-access infotainment systems available in most modern cars, it’s certainly easy to be distracted.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

According to recent estimates from the National Safety Council, “40,200 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2016, a 6 percent rise from the year before.” Despite the fact that cars are being marketed as safer and more technologically advanced than ever, auto accidents and traffic deaths are on the rise for the second year in a row.

Recent research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that “drivers using in-vehicle technologies like voice-based and touch screen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message.” That might not sound like a huge deal to you, but consider what can happen in 40 seconds…

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