New Study Shows Infrotainment System Increases Distractions for Older Drivers

Poor vehicle design could contribute to increased chance of crashes.

 

Towson, MD – A new study of younger and older driver age groups revealed older drivers are more distracted by vehicle entertainment features.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety partnered with University of Utah researches concluded that older drivers (55-75) on average took their eyes off the road 8 seconds longer than younger drivers (21-36).

Ragina Ali of AAA Mid-Atlantic said that the problem doesn’t lay with the driver, but with the system design in the vehicle.

“We don’t really attribute it all to age,” Ali said. “But more to the complex design of this technology.”

Ali explained that several vehicle systems involve multiple menus, settings, and voice commands that require increased visual and cognitive demand for older drivers.

“Avoid vehicles that require the use of a center console controller when using the infortainment system,” Ali said. “These kinds of systems are especially distracting and potentially dangerous.”

AAA recommended in conclusion to their study that drivers should avoid interacting with infotainment systems while driving and to also practice the use of voice command functions when not driving to build comfortability with its use.

AAA launched its “Don’t Drive Intoxicated, Don’t Drive Intexticated” safety campaign in Maryland this year, encouraging drivers to take the pledge to drive safely. You can sign up to take the pledge at http://aaa.com/don’tdrivedistracted

By Timothy Young

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