AAA: Older drivers more distracted by technology behind the wheel

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WILLISTON, Vt.- Distracted driving is typically the result of cell phones but there is a lot of technology being stuffed into the dashboard of many new cars. It’s a trend many members of our older population are struggling with.

“It’s not a surprise. I was an insurance agent for quite a while,” said Justin Evans, who is now a AAA branch manager in Williston.

AAA recently partnered with the University of Utah. Together, they tested older drivers in newer cars with all the bells and whistles.

“I’m not used to driving with all of that input.” said one of the drivers surveyed.

“You can use your GPS, you can use your phone, you can play music, some cars even have voice commands where you can text while you’re driving,” said Evans.

“I’m not used to driving with all of that input.” said one of the drivers surveyed.

The study found drivers over the age of 55 are about eight seconds slower at operating the music, navigation system and other features in the car.

“Removing your eyes from the road for just two seconds can double the risk of a crash,” said Evans.

AAA believes there is safer and less demanding technology coming. But it’s recommended that you just pull over if you can’t keep up.

According to AAA, more than a fifth of drivers will be 65 years of age or older by 2030.

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