New Crash Avoidance Features
- Blind Spot Detection - Monitors the side of the vehicle when you approach blind spots
- Lane Departure Prevention - Implements light braking or minor steering adjustments to keep you in place.
- Forward Collision Warning - Alerts you when you're getting too close to another vehicle.
- Lane Departure Warning - Alerts you if you're at risk of straying into another lane.
- Autobrake - Reduces collision impact by slowing down or stopping the vehicle before you react.
- Adaptive Headlights - Pivots headlights in direction of travel to help you see better.
With an estimated 660,000 U.S. drivers using electronic devices during daylight hours daily,(1) there is constantly evolving hands-free technology designed to keep them safer. (2)
Hands—free tech goes beyond basic Bluetooth with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Each runs a stripped-down version of your phone’s system on your car’s computer interface, allowing you to control music, navigate and communicate by way of voice commands.
Mobile apps can help reduce or eliminate notifications while driving. Some apps even reward you for safe driving behavior.
|Blocks text messages||Yes||Yes|
|Rewards safe driving||Yes||Yes|
|Sends parent notifications||Yes||Yes|
- Distracted Driving, National Highway Safety Administration, 2017.
- The Best Tech to Prevent Distracted Driving, USA Today, 2016.
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Staying safe on the road is top of mind for new and experienced drivers alike. With today’s technology, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re taking the necessary precautions to prevent or avoid a collision.
When shopping for a new vehicle, take your time to explore the different safety features and crash avoidance systems, such as lane departure warning signals and blind spot detection systems. Many vehicles now have Bluetooth-enabled software that allows you to control your phone hands-free for everything from easy navigation to music selection. Depending on your vehicle’s make and model, you may even be able to utilize forward collision warnings to help prevent an accident from happening.
If you’re simply looking to upgrade your vehicle’s current amenities, consider downloading a mobile app for added protection. Products such as LifeSaver and Drivemode can do everything from blocking phone calls and text messages while a young driver is on the road to sharing a vehicle’s location in the event of an emergency. Some apps even offer rewards if you build up a history of safe driving.
While avoiding distracted driving is the first step to being safe on the road, we can all use a little help from technology to alert us to potential danger. Remember, the best way to prevent distracted driving is through education and awareness; however, new automotive innovations can also help keep you safer.