Your Hump-Day Recess: Bad Car Modification Idea #423: Dash-Mounted iPad Mini

While most of the our attention on the LifeSafer blog centers around drunk driving, there’s no doubt that distracted driving is a serious public health hazard – one the public has finally awakened to. Campaigns against texting and phoning while driving have become commonplace, and there are signs that the message is getting through.

Not to everyone, though. There is a species of car aficionado who apparently think that they are undistractable. Why else would they be seeking to install – wait for it – iPads in the dashboard of their car? If you think that nothing is worse than a road full of people texting and driving, imagine what would happen if a driver had a means of checking Facebook, playing Fruit Ninja, or even downloading and viewing an episode of The Walking Dead.

We wish it were a joke, but it’s not.

You’ll find dozens of such videos from proud do-it-yourselfers and car mod shops. Most of them cite access to Internet radio as the reason to have a dash-mounted iPad. But suppose a passenger starts watching a really great cat video. Can you really have faith that the driver won’t be tempted to watch? This is probably the most boneheaded car modification since the horn that plays the Colonel Bogey March. Eventually some legislation will be passed against visual entertainment devices in the front seat of cars. But not, we fear, until someone pays the price.

Your Hump Day Recess: Every Wednesday LifeSafer brings you something a little different, related to the worlds of road safety, to ease your progress over Hump Day and through the week.

Previous Hump Days: car safety, animals, posters. traffic jams, more posters, fake microbrews a German Ignition Interlock spoof from 1960, a Star Wars anti-drunk driving messageour Top 10 Worst Crash Tests, a different kind of Anti-DUI message, Budweiser’s dogged anti-DUI campaign, How Not to Dodge a Parking Ticket, a Cool 1950s Soviet Anti Drunk Driving Poster, He Got a DUI on a WHAT? a 1970s Alcohol Mythbuster,  Halloween Drunk Driving, a brewery that keeps its anti-drunk driving message under its cap, a thought-provoking UK ad celebrating 50 years of Think! a dramatic buzzed driving PSA , and an offbeat ad from New Zealand.