I saw a segment on the Today Show the other day about the touch screens on cars. Apparently, some of the newer ones coming out can be operated while the driver is driving the car. Technology can be great, but sorry, I feel this is simply an accident waiting to happen. Literally.
I could be wrong, but I thought the older models had to be stopped or in a park mode in order to utilize the screen. I don’t have a problem with that. But to be able to manipulate an automobile in traffic and also have the ability to touch the screen on your car like a iPad? I have a major problem with that.
What ever happened to safety when driving? I feel it’s over the line as it is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been driving along, paying attention and suddenly the car to my left begins to veer into my lane. I glance over and their head is bent, obviously fooling with their cell phone. Or I’ve been at a red light, the light turns green, and the car in front of me sits. And sits. And sits. Until I give a toot of my horn. I see their head snap up and I know they’ve been texting, checking Facebook, whatever.
I took driver’s ed in high school in the 60’s. I had excellent training. I still recall my instructor telling me to always anticipate. To always be a defensive driver. He gave me tips and suggestions. And to this day, I’ve never forgotten them. Obviously, that class didn’t include driving and using a cell phone at the same time. No such thing as a cell phone in the 60’s.
We see it all the time on the news. X amount of people killed due to someone texting or doing something with their phone and NOT paying attention to their driving. We’ve become an instant society. I’m among the very few people I know who can actually be out driving and just DRIVE! Even if I get a call on my cell, unless I’m at a red light, that call will not get answered until I can safely pull over. Somehow we managed to survive back in the 60’s without instantaneous call backs.
And now drivers will have the ability to divert their attention even more with these touch screens that can be used WHILE driving. Call me confused, but the safety factor of this simply makes no sense. But then…………..a lot of things make no sense to me these days.
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