Does Improved Safety Technology Result in Safer Drivers?
There is no doubt that there have been major advancements when it comes to automobiles and the technology of safety features. Before we blink, cars will be driving themselves which seems like a fantastic idea. I’m all for advancing technology for auto safety, but as a Grand Rapids car accident lawyer, I also have to think……. but what about the negative consequences of these technologies?
While many of these features do in fact create a safer driving environment, there is also a major debate going on about whether this advancement in technology is actually decreasing the number of auto accidents in the United States. The numbers don’t agree with the advancements technology….but why? Is it simply that more drivers are on the road? Is it reliance on automated safety features? These newer cars are being designed with the intention of making driving safer and easier. Features such as rearview cameras, lane departure, and even automatically applying the brakes when the driver was not paying attention. The real question is whether the numbers support the notion that the increase in technology has also made driving safer.
Reliance on Improved Safety Features Needs to be Addressed
The problem arises out of too many people being completely dependent on technology when driving. Take global positioning systems as an example; drivers rely on this technology and many times are so busy looking at the device that they forget that they are actually driving. What about your cell phone? Even with built-in navigation systems and hands-free options, its hard to argue that it is not a distraction. While GPS and cell phones are easy examples, there are many other technologies that create dependencies. I feel that the responsibility for safety should be put solely on the driver regardless of the technology that is available. All the safety features were created to reduce the responsibility that a driver has and in turn will probably decrease involvement and the focus level of drivers. I feel that many of these advancements essentially make you feel safer than you actually are.
Using Advancements in The Correct Way
Having high tech safety features installed in automobiles is without a doubt a good thing and when used correctly will increase safety and decrease the amount of auto accidents that happen. Drivers need to be aware of the fact that some of these new technologies can cause lapses in concentration and loss and focus. If we adapt and actually use these technologies as a complement to safe driving instead of a replacement to safe driving, it will be the first step to decreasing traffic accidents and fatalities.