Illinois drivers may be interested in a recent AAA study that shows how dangerous it can be to have a car infotainment system. Of the 30 systems from 2017 vehicle models that were analyzed, all demanded either a moderate, high or very high level of attention. This is important because taking one's eyes off the road for just 2 seconds doubles the risk for an accident.
Illinois residents may be interested to know that car parts manufacturer ZF is developing the technology behind external airbags and that these features may help protect drivers in side-impact crashes. The safety tech is far from being perfected, so it will not be introduced to the driving public anytime soon; nonetheless, the benefits are undeniable and can become an incentive for other manufacturers to get onboard.
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.
Among the things that can create dangers for bicyclists is drivers not paying enough attention to things. It is not just important for drivers to be attentive and watchful for bicyclists when driving. They also should make sure to do so when getting out of their vehicle. It they fail to, it could expose bicyclists to dooring accidents.