As a driver, it is important to get educated about distracted driving, how it can be dangerous for yourself/family, and how to avoid falling into the category of becoming a distracted driver yourself. Even the safest drivers on the road are distracted from time to time. This is the very reason more and more manufacturers today are including distracted driver features in their cars, even in the base model or entry level model. Further, more and more companies are designing apps to help prevent use of smartphones and devices, in order to help keep drivers safe, and off their electronic devices off their phone while driving. These are just a few of the features manufacturers have added to vehicles in recent years for added safety.
Heads up technology –
Most newer model cars have this feature built in right on the dashboard. It includes information such as: driving speed, tire pressure, lights which inform you when you take your eyes off the road, and other important vehicle information. Seems quite basic, but if your mind is elsewhere, looking for specific information, it can make you distracted. This new streamline display makes things easy to find, and helps you keep your mind on the task at hand (driving your vehicle safely).
This and hands free features are built in to newer model cars today. Although you shouldn’t text or talk at all while driving, manufacturers understand most drivers simply won’t put their devices away. So having the ability to speak to text, make voice command calls, dial without looking at or touching your phone, and otherwise reading or composing messages, make it a bit safer for drivers who are going to do these things no matter what.
Lane departure warnings –
It is just what it states it is; basically when you are going into a lane with a car next to you or approaching (in your blind spot) your car indicates this. From a beep to a flashing light, it will inform you when you are departing or swaying from your own lane, causing danger to yourself and other drivers.
Auto braking –
Have you ever dropped something only to look up and see you had already rear-ended a car, or were about 1” away from doing so? You aren’t alone. Many cars today have auto brake features. If you don’t brake on time, the car will assist you and help stop the vehicle to avoid a crash. Not only is this a great feature for distracted drivers, but for those road conditions and traffic you simply can’t foresee, even if you are a safe driver.
Of course drivers are still going to do things they shouldn’t and distractions are still going to take place when you are behind the wheel. But, with a few of these built in features in your vehicle today, you can minimize certain threats and dangers when you are behind the wheel. This makes you a safer driver, a more informed driver, and makes you less of a threat for yourself as well as for others on the road, when you sit behind the wheel.