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Some safety technology could distract older drivers

Louisiana residents concerned about road safety might like to know about a new study on distracted driving conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The report suggests that in-vehicle technology typically distracts older drivers more than their younger counterparts.

In-vehicle systems such as touch screens are meant to make driving easier and reduce the need to look away from the road. These consoles typically allow drivers to perform different tasks like calling and texting by using voice commands. However, these systems are sometimes too complex for older drivers who did not grow up with the technology.

The AAA study focused on 128 drivers in 2018 vehicles with IVIS consoles. The findings showed that drivers between the ages of 55 and 75 took eight seconds longer on average to perform basic tasks than those aged 21 to 36. These tasks included changing the radio station, programming navigation, making calls and texting. Additionally, older individuals became distracted visually and responded to commands from the system more slowly when using IVIS consoles.

Even though older drivers had more difficulty with in-vehicle technology, age is not always the issue. The problems some drivers have with these systems point out potential design flaws that could be improved upon. To make using this technology easier, drivers could also practice by using touch screens and voice commands when not behind the wheel. This could increase familiarity and help one use the system when driving.

While vehicle advances often make roadways safer, many preventable crashes still occur each year. When a car accident occurs, an injured victim may be able to file a claim against the responsible party. A personal injury lawyer could help with this process.

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