Brake’s distraction advice ‘unrealistic’
The Bristol Post says that advice provided by Brake to help drivers avoid being distracted is unrealistic and suggests the charity should “treat drivers with more respect if it wants them to take its advice seriously”.
The paper’s comments are in response to advice given by Brake in a press release issued earlier today.
The Bristol Post acknowledges “there is no doubt that modern technology in cars can distract motorists” and that “the latest plea to drivers by road safety charity Brake is a sensible one”.
The Bristol Post goes on to say: “But Brake goes further, asking drivers to set sat-navs and tune radios before they travel and not attempt to re-programme or change them while on the road.
“And that's where the advice becomes unrealistic. Far from making roads more dangerous, tools like sat-navs have made it easier for drivers to concentrate on driving, without having to worry about which direction to take. Meanwhile, using the analogue alternative – holding and reading a paper map while driving – seems almost suicidal in comparison.
“And what driver is realistically going to pull over to change a radio channel or CD track?
“Brake's sentiment is commendable – but the charity needs to treat drivers with more respect if it wants them to take its advice seriously.”