Driver’s ed teachers will tell you to keep your eyes on the road at all times, but sometimes you need information that will inform your driving decisions, and that information cannot be found on the road directly ahead of you or in one of your car’s mirrors. Looking at speed limits and routes should not be distracting if you do it correctly, but what is the least distracting way to figure out, in the moment, whether you should take the exit or which lane is best? Are cell phones more of a distraction than the windshield-mounted GPS devices of the previous decade, and are the old school GPS devices less distracting than looking at a map in a road atlas from your glove compartment? The newest contender in the battle against distracted driving is the heads up display (HUD), but its critics claim that it does more harm than good. If you have been injured in a car accident while you or the other driver was using a HUD, contact a Louisiana car accident injury attorney.
How Heads Up Displays Work
Heads up displays provide up-to-the-moment information about routes, traffic, and weather, and attempt to present it to drivers in a way that the drivers can use it without taking their eyes off the road. Some of them have a monitor that is higher than the standard display panel but does not block much of the windshield, while others directly project text and images onto the windshield itself. The retail price of most HUDs is several hundred dollars, but some new models of luxury cars come with built-in HUDs.
The Trouble with HUDs
HUDs may be a trendy car accessory, but to their detractors, they are just another distraction. Andrew Collins of Jalopnik has yet to find a HUD that makes it easier, instead of harder, to focus on the road. He especially takes issue with the standard feature of most HUDs, by which they display the speed limit at all times. He says that responsible drivers keep the speed limit in mind, anyway, and a flashing speed limit display on the windshield is at best an annoyance and at worst a safety hazard. Collins also complains that the “follow distance” feature of HUDs is annoying and unnecessary. It shows you, at all times, whether you are too close to the car in front of you. In his opinion, it is a useless feature; safe drivers know not to tailgate, and drivers who follow others too closely do it on purpose. To drive safely, you are better trusting your instincts instead of letting fancy devices manipulate your attention.
Contact Patrick Yancey About Car Wreck or Accident Cases
Distracted driving is not a new problem; HUDs are just its most recent iteration. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Contact the Law Office of Patrick H. Yancey in Houma, Louisiana to discuss your case.