Advanced Safety Technology Leads Motorists to Take RisksAugust 9, 2019
The safety technology that is available in cars today includes everything from adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection to lane departure warnings and emergency brake assist. These safety features help keep motorists safe by preventing serious car accidents. However, according to a recent survey by State Farm, the more safety features that a car is equipped with, the more likely it is that the owner of the vehicle will engage in risky driving behavior, such as talking or texting while driving. Drivers tend to expect too much from their cars’ technology and assume the car can do more than it should. This can jeopardize the safety of the driver and other motorists on the road.
State Farm surveyed 1,023 registered drivers over the age of 18 and asked if they were likely to take their eyes off the road for less than five seconds. Half of the respondents said yes, which is troubling because it only takes a matter of seconds for an accident to happen. When a motorist looks away from the road for only 3.2 seconds going 65 miles per hour, it is similar to driving the length of a football field, blindfolded.
The survey also found that drivers whose cars were equipped with adaptive cruise control or lane keeping assistance were nearly twice as likely to use video chat while driving, compared to drivers whose vehicles do not have advanced safety technology. Half of all drivers admitted to using cell phone applications, entering a phone number, and talking on the phone while driving. Sixty-two percent of drivers admitted to reading and sending text messages while driving. According to the State Farm Assistant Vice President, it is important that drivers understand that these safety systems are meant to assist drivers, not replace them.
Safety Recommendations for Drivers
Fully automated vehicles are still years away from being available for the general public, and even these vehicles are not completely foolproof. State Farm encourages all drivers to keep the following recommendations in mind when driving:
- Enter the address of your destination into the GPS system before you start driving.
- Put your phone in the glove compartment or somewhere out of reach so that you are not tempted to text or talk on the phone while driving.
- If you need to make an important call, ask another person in the car to make the call or send a text.
- Program your phone so that it sends an automatic reply message while you are driving.
- Avoid any distractions while you are driving.
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