There are enough things to worry about when you’re on the road (cough, cough: other drivers…) that you shouldn’t have to worry about things that can be prevented by new technology.One of the coolest things about the technology boom over the last decade or so is that cars and trucks are now equipped with gadgets that make driving easier and safer. Not only are some of these gadgets designed to help you be safer behind the wheel, but they also alert you to other drivers who may not be as intent on driving correctly as you are. Here are a few of those gadgets that make driving easier.
With the ever-present nature of mobile devices today, there’s really no excuse to drive without Bluetooth capabilities in your vehicle.
Whether it comes standard, like in this RAM 1500, or you add one to the vehicle yourself, Bluetooth technology allows you to pair your mobile devices with the car so you will never have to drive distracted.
Distracted driving accounts for more driving deaths and injuries than impaired (drunk) driving, so hands-free technologies are one of the easiest ways to help that number drop. This technology lets you communicate with your device through the speaker system in your vehicle, so you can make phone calls, play music and even send text messages without having to take your eyes off the road. This is one of the simplest ways to help you avoid accidents.
This is a passive technology that helps drivers avoid accidents by automatically applying the brakes or giving the driving a collision warning so they can adjust accordingly.
Systems like this use a type of radar that constantly scans the car’s surroundings for possible collision sources. When the car detects that a collision is possible, it will cause an alarm to go off and a light to blink to warn the driver. If a collision is imminent — say, you aren’t aware that the car in front of you has stopped — then the system may take over and brake the car on its own. This is a great feature for new drivers as well as experienced ones.
Lane Departure Warning
Another type of safety technology is a lane departure warning system, which will let you know when you are getting too close to the lane next to your vehicle.
As with the pre-collision technology, this system uses sensors to monitor the position of your car in the lane. If you start to veer because you are drowsy or because you are distracted, an alarm with sound, alerting you to the danger so you can correct it. This technology is usually paired with a blind-spot detector as well, letting you know if it’s safe to merge or not.
Each of these systems may be available on new cars or installed after you purchase a vehicle. The process of each system vary, but each one will make driving a lot safer.