The United States Department of Transportation has released guidelines for automakers to minimize distractions for drivers in order to reduce the possibility of a car accident. In Clearwater, FL, and across the US, cars are being manufactured with more and more gadgets. While the consumer wants these upgrades, many of the benefits can also cause greater distractions for the driver. Auto crash statistics show an alarming number of accidents occur due to the driver’s attention being anywhere but on the road.
The guidelines that US DOT released are voluntary and will not be enforced by law. One of the recommendations requests that any device require two seconds or less of visual distraction at any given moment, or a total of twelve seconds to fully utilize all aspects of the device. Other guidelines request that certain features, such as a navigation system, entertainment system, and manual texting can only be programmed when the car is in park.
While the guidelines are not laws, the United States Department of Transportation hopes to balance consumer demands for the newest technology with driver safety. It is always imperative to remain focused on the road and your surroundings while driving. Too many car accidents happen due to driver distractions.
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