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UPDATE: Forget texting, the most dangerous distractions for drivers come with the car

UPDATE: Forget texting, the most dangerous distractions for drivers come with the car

10/05/2017

By Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch

Why the dashboard of a car should signal caution for drivers

Don't SatNav and drive.

Many of the infotainment features in most 2017 vehicles are so distracting they should not be enabled while a vehicle is in motion, according to a new study released Thursday by University of Utah researchers. The study, led by psychology professor David Strayer, found in-vehicle information systems -- including SatNav, MP3 players, radios, cellphones and messaging devices -- take drivers' attention off the road for too long to be safe, much like texting.

Texting is not the most distracting thing you can do while driving:

-- The No. 1 most distracting task: Programming navigation devices

-- The No. 2. most distracting task: Sending or receiving text messages

-- The No. 2. most distracting task: Audio entertainment and making calls

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