STUDY: People who use cruise control twice as likely to text while driving

Posted at 1:09 AM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 01:09:41-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — There's an important new study when it comes to distracted driving.

According to AAA, people who use advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) such as cruise control or lane-keeping assist, are twice as likely to text while driving than people who don't use those systems.

However, this all depends on people's experiences with advanced driver assistance systems.

AAA says, people who are not as familiar with cruise control or lane-keeping assist are less likely than those with more experience to use their phone while driving.

“This new research suggests that as drivers gain more experience using ADAS technology, they could develop complacency while behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Over-reliance on these systems can put drivers and others in dangerous conditions during critical moments.”

In addition, while it may be easier to use something like cruise control or lane-keeping assist, it should not be used to replace attentiveness while behind the wheel.