New Car Technology Deemed Too Distracting for Older DriversAugust 21, 2019
At the risk of sounding ageist, research has begun to show that older Americans may have more difficulty operating their smart cars than their younger counterparts. The problem seems to be prevalent in those 55 years and older. Distracted driving is a major issue and new car technology adds more concerns. In fact, some authorities wonder if seniors should consider driving vehicles without the smart technology.
Although cars with automatic wipers and interactive dashboards can seem exciting and revolutionary, they are not necessarily intuitive for all drivers. People who are nearing or in retirement did not grow up with today’s technology. Consequently, they often find some of the advances more annoying or questionable than a younger driver would. Additionally, some drivers are unsure of how to use the technology. It is not difficult to see how quickly this could take a driver’s attention away from the road. Even incessantly blinking interior lights can become huge distractions. Getting into an accident can happen in a matter of seconds. Therefore, even a tiny distraction can have devastating consequences.
Is Smart Always Safe?
Many car manufacturers claim that the technology they are including in their next-gen vehicles is designed to add elements of safety. Yet, not every vehicle needs to be Bluetooth compatible or have major bells and whistles. Too many gadgets can take consumers’ eyes off the road, leaving them in potentially perilous situations. Even voice activation, such as accepting or making a phone call, is not necessarily a positive attribute as it takes energy away from driving.
Are Younger Drivers At-Risk?
Currently, studies regarding smart technology have compared younger and older drivers, concluding that older drivers should be wary of investing in vehicles with advanced technology. However, that does not mean younger operators are immune to the challenges of distracting add-ons. All drivers have the capacity to lose control over what they are doing, which could lead to accidents.
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