Cars today are packed with all the latest gizmos and gadgets, so for the average motorist, this can prove quite a distraction. This is the view of UK motoring charity IAM Roadsmart.
Top tips to reduce distraction
According to the organisation, there are some simple steps that can help motorists to reduce the distraction caused by technology in their vehicle. These include:
- Pre-preparing playlists on any connected devices, so drivers aren’t tempted to mess with them while out on the roads.
- Turning off mobile phones or setting them to ‘driving mode’ to eliminate the distraction of calls and texts.
- Getting to know your sat-nav well. This ensures that any last-minute changes in your journey can be altered or avoided easily, without the need for undue distraction.
- Turning off Wi-Fi connectivity when travelling. This should only be used when the vehicle is stationary, as illuminated screens or the need to change settings on the go can be distracting to the driver.
Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, commented: “The driver must always remain connected to what is going on around them.
“Multi-tasking is a myth and all too often that glance away can become a complete switch-off to an emerging risk. No text, tweet, check in or status update is worth crashing for.”
He added that new technologies can be a great addition to vehicles. They help drivers to get from A to B with fewer headaches and can make all the difference to safety. That said, they can also take away from a driver’s concentration.
Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Avoiding distraction behind the wheel is imperative for all road users. So, while new technologies can be welcome additions to any car, they should not impact driver safety.”