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What drivers should know about advanced safety features

Advanced safety features such as forward-collision warning systems and blind spot monitors can help keep motorists safe. However, it is important for drivers to know that these systems have limitations. Ideally, Illinois drivers will pay attention to the road and use these tools to supplement their own driving abilities. In a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 29 percent of participants said that they engaged in other diversions while adaptive cruise control was engaged. When adaptive cruise control is activated, the vehicle will accelerate and brake by itself.

Researchers found that drivers were also confused about the difference between forward-collision systems and emergency braking features. The key difference is that the emergency braking feature will cause the car to stop while the forward-collision warning system will simply alert the driver to apply the brakes. While drivers may not always understand how they work, advanced safety features in vehicles do lower some risks.

Estimates show that they prevent 40 percent of car crashes while also reducing fatalities by 30 percent. Researchers say that drivers should be educated by dealers and rental car companies about what an advanced safety feature can and cannot do. This may help them to get the most of these features and make the road safer for everyone.

Drivers should always look before changing lanes or backing into a parking spot. Failure to do so could result in a motor vehicle accident that seriously injures another driver or pedestrian. Someone who causes a car wreck may be liable even if a blind spot monitor or rearview camera malfunctioned. The victim of a negligent driver could be entitled to compensation through a settlement or after a formal trial.

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