As a continuation of Study Focuses on Drivers’ Mental Workload and Distracted Driving (Part 1), which focused on the findings of ground-breaking research into how drivers’ mental workloads can translated to “inattention blindness” and risky distracted driving, here in Part 2, we will discuss the researchers’ recommendations regarding what lawmakers and vehicle manufacturers should do in order to minimize potential distracted driving-related accidents. It’s important to note that distracted driving is the leading cause of fatal car accidents caused by driver error and that car accidents, in general, are the number one cause of death for individuals between 5 and 35 years old.
Some of the recommendations offered by AAA Foundation’s researchers regarding curbing driving distractions include that:
- Lawmakers should start focusing their efforts on passing laws that would limit drivers’ use of voice-activated technologies while driving (as these technologies have, through this research, been proven to cause the greatest level of distraction to drivers).
- Car makers should strongly consider limiting how and when drivers can use voice-activated technologies when driving. For example, researchers suggest making some voice-activated features (like those for writing emails) unable to be operated when the car is in motion.
- Drivers take responsibility for being focused while driving and curb the use of any device or technology any type of distraction – regardless of whether or not it’s a hands-free device – when operating motor vehicles.
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