Just about everyone should know by now that texting
and driving, or even
calling and driving, is a poor idea. Loads of wrecks happen each and
everyday because of distracted drivers messing around with their
cellphone, but it's not just phones that are causing problems. Radios
have also long since been blamed for wrecks, as have noisy passengers.
But one thing that has managed to stay out of this evil cycle of news
until now is the iPod
. Notice we said, "until now?"
AA Insurance in the UK has just published a report that blames around 17
accidents per day in England on digital music players. The study states
that these players are causing drivers to drive into "iPod oblivion,"
where they are so focused on cycling through to the next genre or artist
than they miss a street sign, don't hear a horn or simply drive into a
lane that's already occupied.
In fact, they mention that anyone is at risk of falling into this, from
runners to cyclists who pay more attention to their next track than to
their surroundings. The company found that "accidents caused by people
using MP3 players, mobile phones and electronic organizers while on the
move have risen 5% in the last year." The president of AA said the
following: "We can't stop the march of technology but we need to halt
the iPod pedestrian, cycle and driver zombies. Whether on two feet, two
wheels or four, too many people are suffering from so-called iPod
oblivion." So, there you have it: don't switch playlists and drive. Or