Today, motorists are virtually bombarded with invitations to get distracted by mobile technology while they are driving. You likely have an infotainment system in your vehicle which you can talk to in order to get directions and make phone calls. You probably also have a smartphone, as PC World indicates 68 percent of adults now own one, even though only 35 percent of adults had a smartphone four years ago. Your phone may have apps on it, like Waze where you can get points for reporting traffic jams and SnapChat where you can post videos of how fast you are driving.
It's obviously really tempting to make use of all of this technology... even when you are driving. If you do, you aren't alone. According to National Safety Council (NSC), around nine percent of all drivers on the road are using their phones at any given time. Unfortunately, if you are part of the nine percent who is using your phone, you could also become a car crash statistic, as 26 percent of all crashes now involve a driver who was distracted at the time of the accident. You don't want this to happen to you, so you should make certain to avoid technology while driving.
There are plenty of reasons why you should resist giving into temptation and using your vehicles infotainment system or your phone while operating your vehicle. Some of the key reasons why you should avoid in-car technologies include:
- Not contributing to the rising death toll. New York Times reported that the biggest year-to-year increase in death rates in half a century happened between 2015 and 2016. There was a 10.4 percent increase in fatality rates from the first half of 2015 to the first half of 2016, result in 17,775 fatalities during the January to June period in 2016.
- Not becoming responsible for taking lives. New York Times also reported on tragic accidents caused by drivers using Snapchat, including one incident where a teen driver took a video on Snapchat of the car going over 100 MPH. Shortly after the video was taken, a crash happened and caused five deaths. You don't want to cause a fatality and have to live with the guilt for life. Causing a death or injury due to distracted driving can also result in civil liability and could leave you facing criminal charges.
- Not putting your own life at risk. You may assume you are safe if you use a hands-free device like your vehicles infotainment system. You aren't! NSC reports that because of the brain's poor ability to multi-task, motorists who are distracted while driving miss as much as 50 percent of what is going on around them. Beings hands-free isn't really safer than holding a phone, since your brain still isn't able to focus where it should be on staying safe and avoiding accidents.
These are the major reasons to avoid in-car technology and to avoid using your phone while driving. Don't put yourself or anyone else at risk just to be able to talk to your car or to talk on the phone.