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Does technology in vehicles hurt or harm?

Distracted driving is obviously a serious issue that leads to accidents. Drivers are often conscious about not using cell phones or doing other tasks when driving to avoid distractions. But there may be a hidden issue working against you even when you are careful about staying focused on the road.

According to the American Psychological Association, technology provides a distraction just as anything else that takes your mind off the task at hand.

A misguided help

Manufacturers typically design most technology in vehicles to help make them safer. Backup cameras and other driving systems may make you feel safer, but they also can distract you from driving and become a hazard.

More serious are the high-tech entertainment systems in vehicles. While they may aim to make your drive more comfortable or enjoyable, they also provide a dangerous distraction.

Warnings

Most technology in vehicles comes with warnings about not using them when you drive. However, many people ignore the warnings or think if they quickly set up a system, it will not cause a problem. This distraction, even if it is only for a minute, is still dangerous. Warning labels do little to discourage people, so manufacturers should incorporate safety features into the system so a driver cannot use them when on the road.

Technology may make a vehicle seem cool or even help make you feel safer. Still, you have to be smart about using these systems. Make sure to set them up before you get on the road. Ensure you do not mess with them while driving to avoid a distraction that could lead to an accident.