New Auto Safety Devices Prevent Deaths
Car makers offer a host of new auto safety devices. But do they work? According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the answer is yes.
Data on cars equipped with forward collision and lane departure warning systems were in significantly fewer collisions and racked up 27% fewer personal injuries than the same vehicle without those systems.
Because some models of the same car come with the new safety systems, while others do not, the Insurance Institute was able to test their effectiveness with statistics from real world insurance claims.
Models considered in the comparisons included the Subaru Forester and Honda Accord, both of which come with the new safety devices on some models.
Some 2013 Chevy Malibus also have these systems, a good budget alternative.
Systems found to be effective include lane departure warning systems, pre-collision safety systems, forward collision warning systems, corrective steering, anti-lock breaks, anti-skid, and all wheel drive. These systems use radar, laser, and video sensors and can operate without any driver input. They can be paired with adaptive cruise control, great for longer trips.
These new systems all fight the biggest contributor to motor vehicle collisions – distracted drivers.
No safety system, however, is as effective as a driver with his/her eyes on the road. Collision warning systems don’t prevent speeding, texting or the biggest killer, drunk driving.
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