Driving Dumber in ‘Smarter Cars’ – Drivers with Advanced Safety Tech are taking More Risks

(BEDFORD) – Americans who drive vehicles equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) or Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), both advanced driver-assist features – admit to using their smartphones while driving at significantly higher rates than those without the latest tech. 

Local State Farm Agent Judy Macy says according to the survey results drivers with advanced safety tech in their vehicles are taking more risks.

The State Farm survey shows the following behaviors in people driving smarter cars vs cars without these advanced features. 

Macy says that drivers still need to stay engaged when behind the wheel. This type of advanced safety technology is there to assist the driver, not replace the driver.

Here are some tips to be as smart as your smart car while you drive: 


  • Read or send text messages or emails.
  • Talk on the phone unless it is connected to the car audio
  • Take selfies or film videos
  • Enter destinations into GPS while the car is moving


  • Pullover and park in a safe location if it is necessary to use your phone.
  • Set your phone to send an automatic reply while you are driving.
  • Ask your passenger to make a call or text for you.
  • Nothing that takes your attention away from your number one task — driving safe.