As a Texas driver, you have been conditioned to believe that texting while driving is perhaps the worst thing that you can do behind the wheel. You may be surprised to know that operating your infotainment system using Apple CarPlay while driving is statistically even more dangerous. In the absence of changes to the system, you should make changes to how you use CarPlay while driving.

According to a recent study, the use of CarPlay while driving will slow a driver’s reaction time by 57 percent. This is even worse than texting while driving, which slows a driver down by 35 percent when it comes to taking various defensive actions behind the wheel. CarPlay results in the driver taking their eyes off the road for an extended period of time. What is most surprising is that CarPlay is even worse for your driving than operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

While it is incumbent on Apple to make various changes to the system to make it more difficult to operate in a moving car, you can do certain things to use CarPlay in a safer way. You can reduce the impact that CarPlay has on your driving by pre-programming things such as playlists and directions into your phone before you drive. This way, you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel at all times in a safe fashion.

If you have been in an accident with another driver who was distracted by something such as CarPlay, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Distracted driving is often a sign of negligence that could make a motorist legally responsible for a vehicular accident. If you have been injured in such an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and the process which would need to be followed to receive compensation.