One of the biggest threats to motorist safety is distracted driving. With the popularity of smartphones and infotainment systems that come standard in many vehicles, there are more things to take a driver’s attention than ever before. That is why many vehicles are now also coming with certain features that could help keep you safe.
Automakers are working to make vehicles safer than ever, and that means helping drivers help themselves. Many people are unable to resist the temptation of picking up their phone while behind the wheel, even though most are aware of the increased risk. No matter what safety features come in a vehicle, distraction is still dangerous and significantly increases the chance of a collision that could leave innocent people harmed.
Is tech the answer?
There is no substitute for responsible driver behavior, but there are certain things that vehicles can do that can make it safer for everyone on the road. One of these things is disengaging the built-in GPS and touch controls for the radio and other functions while the car is in motion. This encourages a driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. Other new tech features that can help drivers include:
- Lane departure warnings – This system warns a driver if the vehicle departs the lane or comes too close to the sides of the lane. This can be an alert on a screen, a sound or even a vibration in the seat.
- Lane keeping assist – This is a system that will actually help steer the vehicle back to the center of the lane if the driver drifts too far. It can work well in conjunction with lane departure warning systems.
- Driver monitoring system – This system can monitor a driver’s actions and even his or her facial expressions to determine if the driver is too tired or distracted. It can alert the driver if the sensors detect something is wrong.
These examples of new technology can help prevent car accidents, but that does not mean distracted driving will not remain a pressing concern. The best way to prevent distraction-related accidents is for everyone to keep their phones out of their hands and their eyes on the road while driving.
If you are the victim of an accident caused by a distracted Kentucky driver, you have rights. It may be possible for you to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. After an accident, you will find it helpful to first seek a thorough assessment of your case and explanation of your legal options.