Thursday, June 21, 2012
What You Should Know About Crash Avoidance Technologies
Many drivers are looking to crash avoidance technologies to help prevent the potential horrific outcome from such an occurrence. Some systems can help with reducing the severity of a collision, while others might help you avoid the crash altogether.
Before you buy a vehicle, consider what safety technologies you might want for your vehicle. Researching before purchasing is important. Not all vehicles offer all the technologies as standard options. Also, the systems can be complex and can go by different names depending on the manufacturer.
To get you started, here are some of the available crash avoidance systems:
For vehicle control
• Anti-lock brakes
• Electronic stability control
• Roll stability control
• Traction control
For warning and crash mitigation
• Blind spot detection
• Forward collision warning and braking
• Lane departure warning
• Lane keeping assistance
• Advanced forward lighting systems
• Backing aids
• Night vision systems
• Pedestrian detection
For other driver assistance
• Adaptive cruise control
• Brake assistance
• Driver monitoring
• Speed alert
• Tire pressure monitors
The road safety experts at Transport Canada provide in-depth descriptions of each of these technologies at www.tc.gc.ca/roadsafety/technology.
One last word to the road-wise - even though vehicles may have many new bells and whistles to make driving safer, they don’t replace the importance of driving safely, paying attention and following the rules of the road.