How Driver Assist Tech Improves Safety

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Today's vehicles come with a host of amazing driver assist features and the technology can potentially reduce traffic crashes and save lives as well as reduce the number of injuries in car accidents. In 2019, over 36,000 people died in vehicle crashes and many of those crashes involved human error. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that as much as 94 percent of auto accident deaths were caused by human error. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are already helping to lower accidents from coast to coast and save lives.

Safety Features that Work

How do driver assist features improve your safety while driving? Well, basically, these technologies can be broken down into systems that aid, warn, or assist you in avoiding mishaps in a number of ways. Systems that aid include adaptive headlights and back-up cameras that improve visibility. Most vehicles today come with warning features such as forward collision warning, lane departure assist, and blind spot detection that warn you about hazards. Taking a more active role, assist features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and automatic emergency braking. Some vehicles even have automatic parallel parking features.
While cameras and various sensors make many of these driver assist features possible, remember that none of them can replace a human being behind the wheel. We are not at the point of autonomous travel quite yet. An alert and defensive driver is still needed even with all the bells and whistles of driver assist tech.
The Bottom Line
According to recent research by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, vehicles with driver assistance systems have resulted in a 27 percent reduction in injury claim frequency and 19 percent reduction in property damage. As vehicles with these systems are becoming more prevalent on roads across the world, the market for advanced driver assistance systems will increase from $27 billion this year to $83 billion by 2030. 

Driver assist features are making us safer on the highway. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the crash involvement rate for vehicles with blind spot monitoring was 14 percent lower than with the same model cars without that equipment. Driver assist systems are reducing damages to people and property. While this equipment costs more for consumers than a vehicle without such features, driver assist tech is like an invisible insurance policy to minimize the possibility that you'll be involved in an accident. For that reason, this technology may also lead to lower car insurance rates. 

Keep in mind that even the best driver assist technology can only help keep you safe if it is turned on. A recent survey discovered that 11 percent of drivers turn off their forward collision warning and 17 percent turn off their automatic emergency braking. Sort of like an unbuckled seat belt. 

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With over 260 Lithia Auto dealers across America and Canada, we are trained to help you with all your personal transportation needs. Whether you're looking for a quality used, certified pre-owned, or new vehicle to own with all the latest driver assist features, we're here to make your buying, selling, trading or leasing experience quick and easy. You'll find the closest Lithia Auto dealer right here.