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Study: Drivers experienced with vehicle technology likely to get distracted

Advanced drivers assistance systems

Drivers with experience using modern on-board technology such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist are nearly twice as likely to engage in distracted driving activities, according to a recent study.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers were less distracted before they got accustomed to using advanced driver assistance technologies.

The study also found that drivers unfamiliar with on-board technology were not as likely to engage in distracting activities compared to when they were driving while the systems were not in use.

What is ADAS technology?

Advanced driver assistance systems are designed to alert drivers to potential problems and avoid crashes. They can adapt to the surrounding environment, monitor the surrounding area and warn drivers of potential issues. Some systems can perform functions that a driver cannot do safely.

Here are just a few examples of such systems:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitors

Researchers examined drivers who had become familiar with these types of systems. They found the drivers were more likely to do distracting activities like text or fiddle with the radio. On the other hand, drivers who were just learning to drive cars with the technology tended to focus their attention on driving while the systems were engaged.

Researchers believe drivers who are starting to learn the technology remain focused on driving because they tend not to trust the technology. Drivers familiar with the systems tend to over-rely on them and are more inclined to take their eyes off the road.

While advanced driving systems have much to offer, drivers should remember they still need to pay attention. Advanced driver assistance technologies can only do so much to prevent accidents. They have limitations.

What are the types of distracted driving?

Distracted driving covers a range of activities behind the wheel. The following are a few common actions that can increase the risk of a serious accident:

  • Texting or talking on a cell phone
  • Talking with passengers
  • Eating or drinking
  • Grooming
  • Changing channels on a sound system
  • Programming a GPS

How an attorney can help

It’s critically important to avoid distractions on the road. An accident caused by a distracted driver can result in devastating injuries or even loss of life.  If you were injured or a loved one was injured or killed because of another driver’s careless actions, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact an experienced Arkansas attorney for a free consultation. The McDaniel Law Firm, PLC can help you develop the best strategy to maximize compensation for your car accident claim.

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