AAA has released some shocking new research on distracted driving and infotainment systems.
Research found that infotainment systems, such as systems that send text messages, perform navigation or control the radio, take drivers’ eyes, hands and attention off the road for a dangerous periods of time.
According to the research programming navigation was the most distracting task, taking an average of 40 seconds for drivers to complete.
“To put that in perspective if you travel at 25 mph for 40 seconds, you cover the length of four football fields,” Dan Goodman of AAA Northern New England said.
Goodman says the best way to stay safe on the roads, is to educate yourself. He says learning the system before you go out in the road can reduce the danger.
“Hands free, is not risk free. Just because you don’t have that phone in your hand, does not mean your any safer,” Goodman said.
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