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The ways that in-car technology impacts drivers age 55 and up

People of all ages are susceptible to distracted driving. From texting while behind the wheel to talking to a passenger, there are many things that can distract a Michigan driver. You've probably shared the road with a driver who was looking at his or her phone, adjusting the radio or even just eating a burger. All of these things can be dangerously distracting.

Automakers have started including certain features in vehicles that are supposed to enhance the driving experience and reduce the need for a person to look at his or her phone while driving. In some cases, these infotainment systems can be quite beneficial, but for some, they can be needlessly distracting. Studies find that older drivers are particularly prone to distraction due to infotainment systems and in-car technology.

What's the problem?

You may wonder what is so dangerous about engaging with these infotainment systems while driving. While many of them are touchscreen or even voice activated, for older drivers, these tools can be difficult to understand and cumbersome to navigate. Studies found that these features often caused a driver to move his or her eyes off the road for several seconds at a time.

AAA did a study that focused on older drivers and how they interact with these types of in-car features. The study concluded that when an older driver is using an in-care feature, such as inputting information into a GPS system, it takes them an average of eight seconds longer to do it than it does a millennial. Even a second or two of distraction can have devastating consequences for the driver and others on the road.

Better driving habits

For people who are especially prone to distracted driving, it is prudent to develop better driving habits. This may mean programming a navigation system before leaving the driveway or avoiding all calls while driving, even if using Bluetooth navigation is an option. Simple habits and awareness can make the roads safer for everyone.

In the event that you are injured as the result of a distracted driver, you may want to speak with a legal advocate regarding your options. It is possible that you could have grounds to move forward with a civil claim against the liable party, a step that may allow you recoup some of your financial losses associated with the accident. An assessment of your case can help you identify the most beneficial course of action.

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