A new survey concluded that consumers are “deeply skeptical” about car technology, and whether or not it will ultimately reduce their risk of car accidents.
The study, conducted by MetLife, asked Americans “their attitude to the rapidly changing world of in-vehicle technology” reports the New York Daily News. Of those who responded, nearly two-thirds revealed they had little faith in technology when used on the road, due in part to a heavily reliance on such systems. However, most all respondents – 85 percent – agreed that cars made today are much safer than yesteryear thanks to advanced features like seatbelts, airbags, anti-lock brakes and even lane departure warnings.
Despite the advancement in car technology, less than a third of Americans are still unsure, chalking up technology to possible unsafe or equally safe driving conditions.
Many drivers who were surveyed were unaware of many car safety features already installed in many vehicles which are manufactured today, including electronic stability control, an often base feature which improves steering on the fly. Many survey respondents were aware of brake assist and collision warnings, some of the available features on luxury cars today.
Due to the naivety surrounding car technology, the survey urges car manufacturers to better educate consumers about potentially life-saving equipment like electronic stability control – a feature that can help to significantly reduce car accidents. Over 60 percent of respondents said they would choose a GPS device – a potentially dangerous technology if not used properly – over electronic stability control, simply because they did not know about the technology.
Get to know your car technology
Heard the name but unsure of what it does, exactly? Here are commonly confusing car safety features that can actually work to save your life. Read on to find out how car technology can prove to be a useful investment.
Electronic Stability Control
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) uses a computer to help detect skids and steering mistakes. If you accidentally hydroplane or skid out of control, the car will brake to help you slow down in case a collision occurs, thereby reducing the severity of impact.
Lane departure warning systems
If you accidentally drift or swerve into another lane unexpectedly, a lane departure warning system will alert you, thereby reducing the risk of a side collision with the vehicle or motorcycle alongside of you.
An anti-lock braking system avoids lock-up when emergency braking occurs. The brakes work to pump the car to a standstill instead of locking them into the brake pad or shoe, so you can maintain control of your vehicle.
Rear parking sensor
Rear parking sensors can safe a child’s life. Unfortunately, many cases of children who are run over while backing up make tragic headlines across San Diego and throughout our country. Using a rear parking sensor can help you park better, and prevent car damage, but most importantly, it can save a life.
Unfortunately, even with the best technology, car accidents can still happen. If you have been injured in a car accident, call the Law Offices of Michael Pines at 1-858-551-2090 or submit your case online for a free legal review of your case. There are no out-of-pocket costs to speak directly with our lawyers, so call today.