There’s no denying it; today’s drivers are distracted. In fact, today’s people are distracted. Faced by a constant onslaught of new information, quick videos, and constant contact, people simply can’t focus. A NY Times article calls the constant stream of stimuli people encounter “a profound….challenge to focusing….,” while a Boston Globe piece discusses the inability of today’s generation to wait for anything. The instant gratification of quick downloads, same day delivery, and apps that provide users with dates, movie tickets, and tables at restaurants leave no room for people to develop the skills of patience and focus.
In a world of instant gratification and quick bursts of stimulation, one can’t expect people to suddenly become focused, attentive, and observant just because a task demands it. In fact, distracted driving, while dangerous and even deadly, isn’t really a surprise. However, practical steps to preventing distractions can go a long way. When a driver is behind the wheel and begins thinking about where to park,he may be tempted to check parking apps for a nearby spot. With Parking Logix, apps can provide advance data on parking status so that drivers know before they go, thereby minimizing in-car distractions.
While there is no quick fix to the epidemic of distracted driving, solutions like planning ahead or knowing what to expect at one’s destination are practical steps that can make a difference. Parking counting systems that incorporate digital signage ensure that approaching vehicles are aware of where and if parking is available. When drivers know to expect such signage, they are free to focus on the road, and prior to parking, on the data that is viewable straight ahead instead of on the smartphone in their hands.
Providing drivers with the information they need before they leave to their location can help keep their minds focused on the road. Parking apps that provide advance parking data regarding where and when parking is available before a driver begins his journey can be a vital part of distraction avoidance. Removing the worry of where and if parking will be available can make the entire drive less stressful and decrease the likelihood that drivers will access apps while driving to locate parking spots. Small steps in the right direction can help minimize distractions and maximize happy parking.
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Distracted Driving is a buzz term we’re all familiar with, butDistracted Parking isbecoming an important topic in its own right.
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