If you compare the sort of safety features and gadgets that a modern vehicle can be equipped with to a comparative model from even a decade or so ago, you will see how much the industry has evolved.
This is good news for drivers who have the opportunity to enjoy a safer driver experience when they take advantage of the technology now available.
Here is a look at some safety gadgets and how they can enhance your driving experience and safety profile, including a way to avoid a fender bender incident, plus other safety gadgets and features to help you keep alert and even rate your driving skills.
You’re getting too close
Tailgating is not recommended as you are asking for trouble if the person in front of you brakes unexpectedly but even if you try to keep your distance there are almost constant threats that you have to look out for, such as pedestrians and cyclists as well as other drivers.
Modern vehicles like the Dodge Charger often come with a host of safety features like parking sensors to help you avoid the prospect of hitting something or someone in your car. You can also consider using a gadget like the Mobileye which is an alerting system designed to detect and warn you when you are getting too close to another object, human or vehicle.
Driverless cars are fitted with these sort of sensors and there also models that take brief control of your vehicle when you are behind the wheel to stop you from getting into a fender bender situation, or worse.
Staying on track
It only takes a momentary lapse of concentration to drift into another lane but it only takes a few seconds to put yourself in danger too if there is another vehicle in that lane.
You can find a growing number of vehicles now being offered with lane-keeping assistance. This provides an automatic corrective steering facility in your vehicle and if you do happen to drift across over lane markings the system will warn you and take corrective action to keep you on track.
That lapse of concentration might be down to tiredness and that is a big threat to your safety if you are struggling to keep awake.
It is always a sensible idea to pull over and grab a coffee and some fresh air if you are feeling tired but sometimes you can start to drift off without realizing how tired you are.
A gadget that combats this problem is the U-Wake. This is one of a number of smart wearable devices that can detect your level of fatigue and uses an app loaded on your smartphone to alert you, and even call friends and family to get them to give you a ring to check on you and keep you awake.
How’s my driving?
Driving is a skill that needs to be continually honed and even though you know how to drive competently there is nothing wrong with measuring your skills and seeing where you might be able to improve your safety profile and driving economy.
Your car might have an onboard system that measures your braking efficiency, cornering and other aspects of your driving. If not, you could use an app like EverDrive which checks your levels of distraction, cornering and braking skills and efficiency, plus other aspects of your driving which it then puts together in a driving score.
Challenge yourself to improve that score and it will be another example of how tech is helping us to drive safer each time we get behind the wheel.