4 Cool Advances in Driver Safety Technology
- 17 Jul, 2019
In today’s busy world, driver distraction is a common occurrence that puts the driver as well as others at risk. From eating a quick lunch in the car to answering emails on a cell phone, distracted driving is a primary cause of vehicle collisions. But how do you mitigate these risks and ensure driver safety each time you get behind the wheel of your car? There have been many advancements over the years that create a safer commute for everyone.
Lane Departure Warning
A lane departure warning (LDW) system is an advanced safety technology that alerts drivers when they unintentionally drift out of their lanes without a turn signal. These systems do not take full control of the vehicle or keep the driver from operating it. Instead, this feature is helpful by alerting you to an approaching vehicle if the speed and distance pose a danger if you choose to change lanes. Also, if you become distracted and your vehicle migrates into another lane, a warning will sound.
Rearview Camera/Blind Spot Monitoring
Rearview camera and back-up alarms protect against accidental back-overs, and they also provide a clear view shot of what is happening behind you to help you back up safely. In conjunction with the rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring via sensors on the vehicle alerts you to another vehicle in your blind spot.
Cell phones are one of the biggest distractions for drivers today. However, smartphones feature ways to block use while driving. For iOS 11 users, the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature can be turned on through settings. There are other apps that can be downloaded and utilized that silence your phone while your vehicle is in motion. There are also advanced systems that parents can use to monitor speed, preset boundaries, block audio, and reduce driver temptation. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of motor vehicle collisions today, and with the use of these cell phone blocking apps, parents can help teens stay more focused and safer on the roads.
GPS Vehicle Tracking
A GPS tracking system allows you to monitor a vehicle’s location using the internet, and it updates the location every 10 seconds. The device can be moved between vehicles because it’s small and portable. GPS tracking allows parents to preset speed limits and location points, so if a teen driver exceeds the speed limit or violates the preset boundaries, parents are alerted via cell phone.
All of these technologies make for a safer driving experience, but remember, you are ultimately the one behind the wheel. Always stay alert and focused, and drive at safe speeds.