High-Tech Safety Features No Substitute for Good Driving
Most readers would probably say that the development of high-tech features in vehicles that make them safer is a good thing. Two high-tech safety features, autonomous braking systems and adaptive cruise control, were recently tested by the AAA. While there is a correlation between the use of these technologies together with adaptive headlights, and a reduction of collisions and insurance claims tied to crashes that do occur, the results of the tests might nonetheless be surprising to readers.
Autonomous braking systems were sometimes slow to engage and stop a vehicle. This is due to the failure of the system to send a warning signal or recognize obstacles. Where adaptive cruise control systems are concerned, though they performed fairly well, the best outcomes occurred when the vehicles equipped with the technology followed other vehicles more closely than the “three-second rule” which is generally recommended.
What does this mean to the drivers of vehicles equipped with these technologies? In short, that high tech safety features such as autonomous braking systems and adaptive cruise control are not a replacement for drivers making good decisions while behind the wheel. For the best chance of avoiding motor vehicle accidents drivers need to focus on the road and avoid distractions that pull their attention away from the road and other vehicles surrounding them.
Even when drivers are following the rules of the road car accidents happen. When crashes that result in serious injuries do occur, a personal injury lawyer is the best place to start for guidance on how to pursue financial compensation.
Source: The Street, “Advanced Motor Vehicle Safety Systems Pose Dangers For Lazy Drivers,” May 22, 2014
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