AAA Warns Technology Use While Driving

From text messages, controlling music to getting directions, many “smart cars” promise to keep drivers safe by keeping their hands off their phones while driving.
However, a new study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Study found the devices take drivers’ eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periods of time. The study found drivers using in-vehicle technologies like voice-based and touch screen features experienced very high levels of visual and mental demand for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message.
Automakers now include more options to allow drivers to use social media, email and text.
Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash, according to previous research. With nearly 40 percent of U.S. drivers using info systems while driving, AAA cautions that using these technologies while behind the wheel can have dangerous consequences.