Infotainment Systems are Worse than Cannabis or Alcohol for Driving Performance

A new study out of the UK by TRL found that, when drivers were operating an infotainment system by either touch or voice, they took their eyes off the road for as long as 16 seconds, increased the deviation of the vehicle's following distance and lane position, and were much slower to react to an event on the roadway in front of them. Reaction times to roadway events when using a touch-control infotainment system were 50% slower than with full attention — worse than driving while under the influence of marijuana and worse than texting while driving. All modes of infotainment operation were worse than driving while legally intoxicated. Unsure how connected vehicles might affect you as a roadway incident responder? You can learn more about the potential hazards of connected vehicles, as well as possible benefits, in the Connected Vehicles module on the Responder Safety Learning Network. Read the full article. News Archive