It seems like every day, many motorists are inventing more ways to engage in distracted driving behind the wheel. They’re doing the obvious – talking on their phones and texting while driving. But they’re also taking videos, using FaceTime, live streaming, and playing games while driving.
The last thing drivers need is more distractions behind the wheel. Safe driving in complex driving conditions or on busy roadways demands drivers’ undivided attention.
But many car manufacturers are adding to the problem by installing sophisticated infotainment systems in cars.
New car models are available with intricate in-car entertainment systems that allow drivers to control audio and visual media, as well as climate, phone, navigation systems, and more.
Infotainment systems require a driver to look down and touch a screen to operate.
Consumer Reports recently ranked the least and most distracting systems:
Car brands with the most distracting systems included:
Car brands with the least distracting systems included:
- GM (excluding Cadillac)
Distracted driving is never safe. Even when a driver is not engaging in distracted driving, often other drivers on the roadway probably are.
To remain as safe as possible, drivers should take a zero-tolerance approach to distracted driving and practice defensive driving techniques. If phone or infotainment
is necessary, the driver should park in a safe area before use.
When someone is injured in a car wreck caused by a distracted driving, he or she may be eligible for significant compensation.