Millions of British drivers are being put in danger of experiencing a road traffic accident because of technology, a new study claims.
Geoffrey Miller has found that attention-diverting technology is behind 2 million drivers suffering a prang or narrowly avoiding one. Over half (57%) of motorists are distracted by the tech.
This causes about 1.25 million to drive through red lights and even more – 1.4 million – to have to swerve suddenly to get out of the path of oncoming traffic.
The growth of super-tech motors with free Netflix subscriptions and in-car screens is probably making concentrating more difficult for drivers.
The motoring law reports that although modern gadgets such as mobile phones are increasingly distracting, a traditional staple of in-car entertainment is the most off-putting.
The study shows that drivers re-tuning their radio channels is the main distraction they face each day.
Sat-navs distract drivers’ focus
Staring at mobile phones and sat-navs is the next biggest hazard when it comes to distracting drivers’ focus, the study shows.
Men are worse than women at channelling their attention to the road ahead, especially if there is a mobile phone to look at, it adds.
Such concentration lapses can prove key. Just five seconds of not looking at the road ahead when travelling at 30mph means a motorist has covered 50m without paying attention.
This length jumps to 160m when someone drives their vehicle at 70mph on Britain’s motorway network.
Car crash laws ‘need tech update’
Geoffrey Miller says super-tech cars can increase the chances of a car crash as well as making motoring safer and more simple.
Managing director Jeanette Miller says the laws of the land are still lagging behind the newest developments in vehicle tech manufacture.
She says such machines should not allowed to become mainstream before lawmakers look at all the ramifications.
Ms Miller says no legislation specifically yet applies to motorists being distracted by massive computer screens diverting their eyes away from the highway in front.
She says the only thing vaguely applicable to such incidents are the laws which relate to motorists being in full control of a vehicle.
Source: Evening Times
Date Published: April 24, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown