What Cars are the Most Distracting to Drivers?
The advancing modern technology that is being built into cars certainly allows us to do many things. While many technological improvements have increased the safety features that our cars are equipped with, they also have increased the number of distractions a driver has when they get behind the wheel. Touch-screen systems are the norm these days and according to a study done at the University of Utah that looked at 30 vehicle infotainment systems, every single one posed some level of distraction to drivers.
Distracting driving is a leading cause of accidents all across the nation. According to the CDC, anything that takes your eyes off of the road, your hands off of your wheel, and your mind off of the act of driving is considered a distraction and is dangerous. In 2018 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that distracted driving was responsible for 2,841 deaths. Of the dead that year from distracted driving the majority were the drivers themselves at 1,730 lives, 605 of those lives were passengers, 400 were pedestrian, and there were 77 bicyclists. Distracted driving affects everyone on the road.
Distracted driving is dangerous and reckless and if you were hit by a distracted driver in an Arizona car accident, contact the Arizona car accident attorneys at ELG. We only take Arizona personal injury cases and are well-known in the greater Phoenix area for providing our clients with the highest quality legal services. Our Spanish-speaking, bilingual lawyers are here to help you secure the most compensation after your Arizona traffic accident.
Which Cars are the Most Distracting?
Infotainment systems that are seen across all models and brands of cars offer a plethora of functions including giving directions, playing our favorite songs, allowing us to make phone calls, telling us what the weather is, and much more. Out of all the 30 systems that the study tested, 12 of them allowed a driver to look up directions while they were actively driving. The average time it takes to do this is about 40 seconds. If a driver is programming their directions while driving just 25 miles per hour, in 40 seconds they will have traveled four football fields.
The study found these cars as the most highly-distracting models:
- Audi Q7 QPP
- Chrysler 300 C
- Dodge Durango GT
- Ford Mustang GT
- GMC Yukon SLT
- Honda Civic Touring
- Honda Ridgeline RTL-E
- Mazda3 Touring
- Nissan Armada SV
- Subaru Crosstrek Premium
- Tesla Model S
- Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription
The least distracting cars in the study included:
- Chevrolet Equinox LT
- Ford F250 XLT
- Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
- Lincoln MKC Premiere
- Toyota Camry SE
- Toyota Corolla SE
- Toyota Sienna XLE
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While some cars in the study were found less distracting than others, the fact still remains that all of the cars studied did cause driver distraction to some extent. These days, staying alert to driving and not allowing yourself to get distracted while driving may be difficult to do 100% of the time. However, if a distracted driver causes a car crash in Arizona with injuries the Phoenix automobile accident attorneys at ELG are here to help. Call the Phoenix car accident attorneys at ELG today at (623) 877-3600 to schedule your free consultation.