To Ban or Not to Ban?
In the past twenty years, our society has experienced a tremendous boom in the advancement of technology. From smartphones, to portable GPS units, to advanced radio systems, there is no doubt our society’s technological discoveries have grown rapidly. Often than not, when a nations technology advancements grow, there is usually a price that comes with it. Will it be safe for the consumer? Or more specifically, is it safe to use while the consumer is behind the wheel of a moving vehicle? Although some may disagree on prohibiting the use of electronic devices while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, many already support the ban on such devices while driving, because it poses high safety risks for not only the driver of that vehicle, but also to other drivers on the road. Let us focus our attention to three main devices we cannot travel without— our smartphones, our vehicles radio system, and our handy GPS units. It is not very uncommon to spot one, if not all, of these devices in somebody’s car nowadays. We rely heavily on our technologies to make it easier for us to communicate with our loved ones, to route us to our destination, and to keep us alert and entertained on our long road trips. Rarely, though, do we consider any of these acts to be a hazard to ourselves or to others.
Although the radio systems in our cars and trucks are a great source to keep us entertained during our trips, they can be a huge safety hazard to not only ourselves, but also to other drivers sharing the road with us. When a driver takes his or her eyes off of the road to change the channel on their radio or to turn the volume dial up or down, they can veer into oncoming traffic or strike a pedestrian. Distracted driving is the number one cause of death in the United States. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, “Driving involves constant and complex coordination between mind and body. Events or things that prevent you from operating your car safety are distractions.” Just by pressing that station button or turning the volume dial up or down, takes your eyes and mind off the road. Since one hand is operating the radio and the other steering the vehicle, you are less likely going to have any control should you need to avoid another driver or a pedestrian. It is so important for drivers to use common sense while driving and before getting on the road to avoid such a devastating event. Before you depart, be sure to have your radio at a safe volume, have it preprogramed to your favorite radio stations, and become familiar with the functions of each button. If you need to change the channel to the radio while you are driving, be sure to pull over to a safe spot on the side of the road to adjust your stereo. By using common sense you are going to avoid causing an accident. In addition to playing around with your radio, using a GPS unit also poses a hazard to us and other drivers.
GPS units are a helpful addition to our lives. They...