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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
By Janet Bigelow of Advanced Tire & Auto Center Aberdeen N.J.
Driving Safer Amid Disturbing Roadway Trends
Our roads are deadlier than ever—and texting is only part of
the problem. But this is not all about teens and texting. The truth is that
distracted driving is a big problem for older adults, too.
According to the latest stats, 40,200 people died in roadway
accidents across the United States last year. When you add in the numbers from
2015 (37,757 deaths), it marks the largest two-year jump in motor
vehicle-related fatalities in 53 years!
At Advanced Tire & Auto Center (146 Hwy. 35 North in
Aberdeen), we see the results of distracted driving on a daily basis. With all
the latest and greatest technologies available at your fingertips, it’s hard
for most people not to be distracted while driving.A typical car today is Wi-Fi enabled with
large touch screens where you can do almost anything—listen to Pandora, check
your Facebook page and email accounts. Manufacturers have also begun to migrate
all of the vehicle’s driving and comfort controls to the touchscreen, forcing
drivers to spend more time focused on the screen rather than the road. Time
spent scrolling through menus to perform simple tasks like turning on your
heated seat, adjusting climate controls or even reading messages sent by the manufacturer
to alert you to upcoming maintenance needs can create an unsafe environment.
What can you do to protect yourself and your family from
For starters, make a commitment to keep your eyes on the
road. Sometimes, that might mean foregoing your desire to listen to a different
song, change a vent setting or otherwise look at the touchscreen. To encourage
other members of the family to develop the same attitude and habits, considersitting down as a family and watching a film like “One Second to the Next,” available on
YouTube. These interviews with distracted drivers and their victims go beyond
statistics to truly hammer home the dangers.
It’s also a good idea to get extremely familiar with the
menus and functionality of your car’s dashboard display. In fact, you should actually
practice using the technology. This will help you avoid, say, getting
rear-ended because you were sitting at a red light, trying to figure out how to
start Pandora, when the light turned green. If you’re going to use it, learn
how to use it quickly and accurately. (But avoid using it while the car is in
None of this is to suggest that dashboard technologies are
the only cause of distracted driving. Naturally, you’ll want to avoid glancing
at your phone or texting whenever you’re in the car. Commit to this and stick
Of course, you can also consider buying a vehicle with
life-saving technologies. Vehicles with rearview camera systems, electronic
stability control or more advanced features such as auto emergency-braking,
adaptive cruise control or blind-spot monitoring can save your life when you
run out of skill, luck or talent. However, we all still need to be mindful of
the potential distractions these technologies can cause if not used properly.
The new technologies in today’s vehicles are essentially a
prelude to the new wave of futuristic, driverless cars. Many observers think
the phenomenon could one day dramatically reduce roadway accidents and
fatalities, possibly even to zero. But until that happens, keep your eyes on
the road, and stay safe!
Working closely with collision centers and insurance
companies, Advanced is among only a handful of Independent Repair facilities in
New Jersey with the capabilities and certifications to repair the advanced
collision-avoidance systems found on today’s vehicles. Accordingly, we
understand how these technologies are changing our driving habits—for better