How Effective are In-Vehicle Safety Technologies in Accident Prevention?
Technology has grown by leaps and bounds over the years, and cars today come fitted with bells and whistles that promise to make your ride a smooth an uneventful one. We’ve become a nation obsessed by the latest safety feature and even come to expect that some features should be standard in newer model cars.
Blind Spot Detection Feature
A lot of us have come to rely on different car safety feature to let us know what’s happening on different sides of the road that we may not see effectively. For example, the blind spot feature that some sedans and SUV’s come fitted with might help you see vehicles or motorcycles behind you, but it has its limitations. For instance, some blind spot systems only start to pick vehicles out once they’re within a certain radius, which in some cases might be too late to avoid a collision. At the same time, if 2 vehicles are moving at different speeds with the one having its blind spot feature on traveling at a slower speed, this tech feature may not be able to capture an incoming vehicle due to speed discrepancies.
Another piece of in-car technology many people have come to rely on is the hands-free feature which lets you pick your calls at the touch of a button or whisk of a gesture. Distracted driving is one of the biggest killers in our roads, and the hands-free feature found in cars plays into this. When operating any machinery, your focus should be on the task at hand. This is because of the fact that getting distracted for even 5 seconds can result in a catastrophic car accident. Multitasking while driving is never a good idea, however adept you think you are at it.
Cruise Control Feature
Cruise control is yet another in-car safety feature which imbues drivers with a false sense of security. For the most part, drivers that turn on this feature mistakenly believe they can let go of the steering wheel or gas pedal momentarily and trust that the vehicle will drive itself safely. There could be a pothole or road construction nearby that you may not have anticipated which could lead to a life-changing accident, and it is because of this that you need to take control of your vehicle at all times.
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