More Technology for Safer Driving


9/7/2015 10:00 AM

Numerous factors contribute to the longer average life spans of today's world, and car safety is one of the major factors. New advances in safety features has resulted in less people die in accidents today than they did several decades ago. Cars that drive automatically may seem futuristic, but so did many of today's features several decades ago. Car safety technology is advancing rapidly. The following points provide some examples.

Adaptive Cruise Control
In the past, cruise control was simply about setting a desired speed. However, a driver not paying attention could still slam into the back of another vehicle. With new technology, there are sensors installed in many vehicles' cruise control features to warn the driver or apply the brakes when they get too close. If a collision is sensed, the brakes will be applied hard. The seat belts will also tighten. Granted, this is not an invitation for drivers to give in to distractions, but it could prevent such mistakes from costing motorists their lives.

Tire Pressure Monitoring
Many vehicles are now required to have tire pressure monitoring systems. Low pressure tires result in more blow outs.  Wheel sensors alert drivers with an audible noise or panel light when pressure becomes too low.

Blind Spot Detector

With this new technology, drivers are alerted when there are objects or vehicles in their blind spots. The feature is usually enacted when a turn signal goes on. The driver is alerted by a flashing light on the dash, a light in the mirror, a seat vibration or a steering wheel vibration. The detection system is only for short ranges.

Emergency Brake Assistance
Emergency brake assistance is not the same as an anti-lock brake feature. This new technology allows the vehicle to sense a panic stop. When it senses a stop, additional brake pressure is applied to shorten the amount of time it takes to come to a complete stop. In some vehicles, this system works in conjunction with stability control or cruise control features.

Adaptive Headlights
Thermal imaging cameras and infrared lamps are helpful for night vision. New technology allows the vehicle's controls to change the direction and height of the beams. There is also a cockpit display, which shows images far away that are hard to see.

Rear Camera
These cameras protect children or pets from accidents in the driveway. Several unfortunate reports of people backing over pets or kids in recent years prompted this feature's development. When the vehicle is in reverse, a camera appears on the dash or on a mirror, and it generates an image of everything behind the vehicle. The image range includes the ground, so small pets will be noticed. This camera feature is also helpful for hooking up trailers or parking. 

These new technologies are cool and help save lives.  Call us today to see if any of these will help you save on your auto insurance!

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