It looks like the growing popularity of smartwatches might harm us more than help us, according to a recent study.
The study shows that smartwatches are more distracting than smartphones while behind the wheel of a vehicle. The research found it takes 2.52 seconds for someone to react in the event of an emergency after looking at their smartwatch, compared to 1.85 seconds if they were using a handheld cellphone.
With so many new smartwatches hitting the market in the near future, this is a cause for concern. Drivers should never be distracted behind the wheel. The biggest issue to this point is cellphone use; now, add a watch to the mix. It doesn’t have makings for a good ending.
In the U.S. only 14 states have banned the use of cellphones altogether, while only 14 have banned texting while driving. No mentions yet of smartwatches in any state laws.
Will there/should this be included? Remember, Arizona is waaaaaay behind as it is. There is no current law in Arizona that bans the use of a cellphone/texting while driving (which is absurd). So what’s next? How do stop from allowing technology to put us at the risk of serious accidents every time we get behind the wheel?
It all depends on the driver. Drivers need to be smart. They need to know when and when NOT to use their devices.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 3,000 people were killed in the U.S. last year in accidents caused by distracted driving.
We don’t want need an increase in these numbers.
Primarily, we need to put a stop to dumb driving.