Car technology has evolved by leaps and bounds. Features, such as antilock brakes and parking assist have made driving easier and safer. However, this has also led to concerns that the technology is creating less proficient drivers. We’ll examine car technology’s effects on driving skills and how these apply to younger drivers.
A 2008 UK study found that 1.5 million motorists veered onto incoming traffic while their eyes were glued to their GPS Navigation system. The same study revealed that drivers are also more likely to lose their sense of direction when they don’t have their GPS. This is so even when drivers have made the same trip multiple times before.
Car technology disrupts certain parts of the brain. The technology makes people work less. Commuters rely on the GPS instead of forming a mental map in their brain. When you listen to the female voice from the navigation system, you simply follow directions instead of putting your cognitive ability to work.
What’s worse, studies also reveal that keeping your eyes on a smartphone map or infotainment screen could affect your peripheral vision and ability to react to a road hazard.
Teenagers probably don’t recall a time before modern car technology. Our advice is to teach them to drive without using any of the tech features. Teach them how to rear park without using the rearview camera, or how to read a Thomas Guide. In addition, show them how to check oil levels or look for wear in a drive belt.
Bring your car to Chuck’s Auto Repair if you notice anything wrong with the electrical components that may affect the vehicle’s gadgetry. While car technology’s effects on driving skills can be negative, we believe tech has its place as long as you don’t rely on it too much.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving motorists of the greater Seattle area