Statement from the National Safety Council on Apple Watch release

Itasca, IL, Apr. 24, 2015 – The National Safety Council is concerned about the risks of using a smart watch, such as the newly released Apple Watch, while driving. Numerous studies have shown that drivers using cell phones significantly increase their risk of being involved in a crash.i Smart watches, which have capabilities similar to smart phones, could be even riskier, according a study conducted in the U.K.ii

Drivers wearing smart watches can call, text, email and surf the web, but the watch also vibrates when it receives a notification. That vibration could be very difficult to ignore; a natural impulse will be to look at our wrist. This could take a driver’s eyes off the road and mind off the drive - a recipe for disaster.

The Council urges everyone who purchases a smart watch to turn it off or remove it before driving. All calls can kill, and no text, email or social media update is worth a life.

i NSC white paper, Understanding the distracted brain
ii Transport Research Laboratory

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