IS TECHNOLOGY MAKING THE ROADS A SAFER PLACE

Blogtober day 4

You may have read my recent post about car maintenance and ensuring your car is ready for winter (if you haven’t, take a look here). Doing regular checks and ensuring that everything is running smoothly is an integral part to keeping you safe on the roads. However, as technology evolves, is there even more ways that we can keep ourselves safe on the road with little human effort required? This sounds like heaven to me!

Your Legal Friend has shared their opinion on technology on the roads here and I’ve shared mine below.

When it comes to technology, I have a mix of opinions. In some ways, I think it’s fantastic and it will really help to reduce the number of accidents on the road. However, there are also some technology’s that I think have actually become more of a danger than a help.

For example, hands free devices have been designed to offer a safe alternative to holding the phone to your ear and talking to a friend, family member, etc. However, a number of these hand free devices still require the driver to click buttons to select who they would like to call and make the call itself. Although it’s advised that a driver pulls over to do this, very few drivers do. If you’re occupied with trying to find a certain contact and make a call, where is your attention? Not on the road in front of you and an accident is therefore waiting to happen.

I have a similar opinion on Satnavs. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be stuffed without mine. I rely on it to get me everywhere and without it, I’d either be totally lost and never make it to my destination or I’d be very, very late. Similarly to hands free devices, Satnavs have pros and cons. Whilst they are ensuring you can find your way somewhere and you’re not driving down any one way streets or bus lanes, they are also taking your attention off the road in front of you. If you’re trying to read your Satnav and work out which lane you should be in for the upcoming round about you’re not focused on the car that has suddenly had to break in front of you. On the other hand, if the Satnav hadn’t told you what lane you needed to be in there’s a good chance you’d of cut in front of another car and caused a potential crash on the said roundabout.

Automatic brakes is a technology that I personally think could have and has had a fantastic impact on the roads. AEB systems (Automatic Emergency Braking) were introduced in the euro NCAP five-star award requirement for cars in 2016. Cars with this system detect pedestrians or obstacles in front of a car and will automate your brakes. Thatcham Research has estimated that AEB systems over the next ten years could save 1,100 lives in the UK and prevent more than 120,000 injuries…a very impressive figure. In addition to detected obstacles in front a car, AEB systems also detect obstacles when reversing too. Did you know that 25% of all road accidents happen when parkng a car and that 75% of parking accidents happen when the car is being reversed? I’m a really cautious driver and touch wood have never had a serious accident. However, I have been known to bump my car against a fence once or twice whilst reversing so this system is definitely something that could benefit me.

Even with all of these technologies, there are still over 100,000 traffic accidents in the UK every year with a number of these being fatal. Whilst these technologies continue to develop, it’s so important that drivers continue to be cautious whilst driving and stay aware at all times.

What do you think the future of technology on the roads looks like?

*This post is sponsored by Your Legal Friend, who specialises in car accident claims for whiplash, car damage and other injuries.

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