Keeping Safe on the Road With Accident Avoidance Technologies
January 17, 2019
As advanced safety technology continues to develop, our cars are becoming more and more capable of detecting an impending accident and avoiding it altogether. Systems like lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, and frontal collision warnings give drivers a wealth of information to help them dodge potentially serious situations. It remains important, however, to maintain your complete focus on the task of driving, even with the assistance of these state of the art safety technologies. Drivers who become lulled into a false sense of safety in vehicles with these systems on board can still fall victim to accidents.
Accident avoidance technologies work to assist drivers with some of the most common causes of accidents today. Lane departure warning systems monitor the path of a vehicle and can warn drivers if they stray too far to the side of the road, or into a neighbouring lane without signalling to do so. Frontal collision warnings will scan the road ahead and alert drivers of impending obstacles. Some advanced collision warning systems will even apply a vehicle’s brakes if a driver does perform the correct preventative measure after having been notified of the impending threat. Electronic stability control systems can apply the brakes to individual wheels when traction is lost to regain control, and adaptive cruise control systems scan traffic ahead, adjusting the throttle or brakes to keep vehicles at a safe distance from those in front.
These systems and more provide vital warnings and information beyond what drivers are able to detect on their own, increasing their overall safety. Through the use of computers, radar, sonar, and automated systems that are able to respond quicker than human reaction times, vehicle safety is enhanced, but only if drivers continue to keep their eyes on the road and remain attentive. Accident avoidance technologies are not an excuse to look away from what is ahead, fiddle with your cell phone, or cycle endlessly through radio stations. These systems are designed to augment your ability to detect dangers on the road, not replace it.
Regardless of the level of safety technology found in your vehicle, avoiding accidents starts by following the rules of the road, obeying posted speed limits, and staying away from distractions. Modern accident prevention systems can only work if safe driving techniques are being used; these technologies are a last line of defence, an emergency warning system that can offer extra assistance when potential danger is developing. Even as car makers continue to develop and design more comprehensive technologies, keeping safe on the road and avoiding accidents will always start with safe and careful driving.