APPLE WATCH
A NEW ERA IN DISTRACTED DRIVING

Distracted driving is about to become a MUCH bigger problem, because the launch of the Apple Watch is making smartwatches a mainstream product. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, about six percent of U.S. adults plan to buy the Apple Watch. Based on 2014 U.S. Census projections, this could mean potential sales of about 15 million Apple Watches.

THE BIGGEST CONCERN ABOUT THE APPLE WATCH IS THAT IF THE PHONE IS IN LOCKED MODE, ALL NOTIFICATIONS GO TO THE WATCH AND NOT THE PHONE. THIS MEANS THAT DRIVERS WILL USE THE WATCH INSTEAD OF THE PHONE. A driver may receive dozens of such notifications while driving, including text messages. The temptation to check the tiny screen on the watch after receiving a notification is VIRTUALLY IRRESISTIBLE. 

The Apple Watch can only be operated using two hands (or more accurately a wrist and a hand). The left wrist on which the watch is placed must be raised to activate and rotated to point at the user's eyes. The right hand must be removed from the steering wheel and crossed over to the left wrist to operate the digital crown and side button or manipulate the tiny touchscreen. Imagine doing this at 55 mph! At slow speeds too, it's very dangerous.

The Apple Watch screen is tiny and very difficult to read and use when driving. Consequently, it takes longer to use than an iPhone. Every second spent looking at the tiny screen or fiddling with the watch means that the driver cannot see the road ahead. THE ROAD AHEAD BECOMES LITERALLY INVISIBLE TO THE DRIVER. THE DRIVER MIGHT AS WELL BE WEARING A BLINDFOLD. (See the "Driver distractions" video below.)

Try this. Put your hands on the steering wheel or imagine a steering wheel and look at your wristwatch or your bare wrist. (Don't do it while the car is moving please.) Can you see straight ahead? No you cannot. Now imagine that for 2, 3, 4, 5 seconds or more. It's terrifying!

Text message notifications arrive on the watch instead of the locked iPhone. Therefore drivers will use the watch to respond. Texting on the watch will draw the driver's attention away from the road for significantly longer periods than texting on a phone.

One company is providing VIDEO MESSAGING on the Apple Watch. Imagine a teen watching a five-second or longer video message on an Apple Watch while driving! (See video at bottom of this page.)

The Apple Watch provides turn-by-turn driving directions to drivers. The watch delivers notifications before turns by sending multiple taps to the wrist with the Taptic Engine. However, the taps delivered by the Taptic Engine are virtually useless without looking at the directions on the tiny screen. 

Police enforcement will be very difficult. The police can see a cellphone in the driver's hand and issue a ticket, but a smartwatch belongs on the wrist and a ticket can't be issued for that.

Click on the photo below to watch a video about a man who did get a ticket for using the Apple Watch while driving. Notice the ATTITUDES of the man who received the ticket and the news team. They all treat it like a joke! No one even MENTIONS the issue of distracted driving and the deadly danger that this driver caused!

THE APPLE WATCH IS BEING UNLEASHED ON AN UNSUSPECTING PUBLIC THAT DOES NOT APPRECIATE THE CONSEQUENCES IF IT IS USED WHEN DRIVING. THERE HAS BEEN NO PUBLIC EDUCATION ABOUT IT WHATSOEVER.

THE APPLE WATCH IS OPENING A FRIGHTENING NEW ERA ON OUR STREETS AND HIGHWAYS. THERE MUST BE A PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN. PEOPLE MUST BE TAUGHT/TRAINED NOT TO USE THEM WHILE DRIVING.