Are modern cars driving motorists to distraction?

Are modern cars driving motorists to distraction? 30th April 2015

In modern cars, there are plenty of pieces of technology and high-tech devices designed to make the drive better and more comfortable than ever. However, one road safety organisation has claimed that these new installations could actually be driving motorists to distraction on the road. 

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said that efforts to reduce distraction factors for motorists – such as penalties for those who use mobile devices at the wheel – are being undone by the fact many car manufacturers are quickly advancing ever changing technology in their new models. 

It said that while some of the technology that has been brought into cars in recent years, such as sat navs, has been priceless for drivers, it would like to see new safety rules in the US brought to British shores. 

US guidelines suggest motorists should refrain from using some technology when they are driving, instead doing things like changing settings on their sat nav before they set off, or when they have stopped safely at the side of the road. 

IAM chief executive officer Sarah Sillars, said: "While car makers work constantly to incorporate active and passive safety features into vehicles, making us safer than ever before, they are also guilty of making us too comfortable and making us feel more cosseted – like we were in our own living rooms.”

“Technology could be a great way of helping to cut the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on our roads. It would be a tragedy if technology became a reason why more, rather than less, people lose their lives.”

Posted by Danielle Barge