Keep Your Eyes On The Road; Surf The Internet At Home


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There can be no question about the rapid advance of technology. And nowhere is it more evident than in automobiles. Wonderful safety features are now available including blind spot monitoring, rear view cameras, lane departure warning systems, and even a car that will stop itself should it sense an imminent collision.

Once upon a time the way to keep from departing the lane you were driving in was to keep your eyes on the road.

I am sure that these and other inventions have saved countless lives. But when you think of it, they are only doing what drivers used to do. Once upon a time the way to keep from departing the lane you were driving in was to keep your eyes on the road.

The best means of avoiding backing into someone or something was to use your mirrors and eyes.

The need to always be checking your blind spot was drilled into drivers heads in Drivers’ Education courses for years.

As for stopping the car when something, a stalled car for instance, is about to be rammed into, wouldn’t that just require the driver to be alert?

Perhaps you have noticed a theme here. All of these new devices help motorists do what they always used to do until … until they started spending more and more time looking at various screens inside the car instead of keeping their eyes on the road.

But many cars now come with display screens that rival a laptop or a 777 cockpit, but without the co-pilot.

It is easy to blame the whole thing on drivers using smart phones. And they are no doubt part of the problem. But many cars now come with display screens that rival a laptop or a 777 cockpit, but without the co-pilot. I seem to recall when there was a law that stipulated those who wanted televisions in their cars could only place them in the back seat, lest they distract the driver. Now dashboards in some models have high-definition screens that illustrate GPS information and, worse,  the Internet.

I don’t even like to change radio stations while driving; I can’t imagine myself being comfortable with a computer screen in front of me. More importantly I hope the driver behind me has his eyes on me, and is not surfing Internet porn.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on

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2 thoughts on “Keep Your Eyes On The Road; Surf The Internet At Home

  1. I won’t even change a CD when I’m in traffic. I park to make a call. I don’t take calls when I’m driving. I don’t understand why this is so hard for drivers to get, but apparently, they don’t get it.

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