UPDATE: This high-tech distraction is even more dangerous than texting for drivers
By Quentin Fottrell, MarketWatch
Why the dashboard of a car should signal caution for drivers
Don't SatNav and drive.
Many in-built features in the latest crop of cars 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