We don’t travel places in cars often but when we do I am all about safety. My family is the most important thing to me in the world so making sure when we are on road we are at our safest we can be is what I am most looking for.
Driving is changing all the time – New car safety technologies are being added all the time, and changed. Cars are getting faster, fancier and getting smarter.
Car technologies make my family safer on the roads (and yours) by providing peace of mind, extra safety and access to things we wouldn’t otherwise have access to, such as: Rear cross traffic alert, Forward collision warning, Blind spot monitors and Back-up cameras – just to name a few!
When driving in vehicles we look for all the listed above to make sure we are getting a car that has the most safety to keep us, and you on the road safe! Car safety technologies make all our families safe on the roads! What do you look for?
How Some of These Important Technologies Work:
Back-up Cameras: Help you see objects directly behind you while backing up and can help you judge how far away from objects you are—or even predict where your car may be steering.
- Always be sure that you’ve physically checked behind the car before backing out of a driveway or parking spot. There are some objects that the back-up camera may not detect, especially if they are close to the ground or under the car.
- Remember to always look over your shoulder and in your mirrors as you back up.
Blind Spot Monitors: Warn you of cars driving in your blind spots. They may provide an additional warning if you use your turn signal when there is a car next to you in another lane.
- Make sure that your blind spot monitor’s sensors are not blocked by moisture, snow, dirt or other material.
- Read your owner’s manual for more information on what the blind spot monitor’s various warnings mean.
- Blind spot monitors are optimized for highway driving and highway speeds; they may not work as well with slow-moving or extremely fast vehicles.
- Some blind spot monitors are not optimized to detect motorcycles, bicycles or pedestrians. This is why you should always look over your shoulders to check your blind spots before making a lane change.
Forward Collision Warning: Can alert you of an impending collision with a slower moving or stationary car in front of you.
- Your forward collision warning system’s sensors can be blocked by ice or snow, so be sure to clear any build-up off your feature’s sensors before you begin driving.
- If you aren’t sure where your forward collision warning’s sensors are located, you can always check your owner’s manual or with your dealership.
- Some forward collision warning features are vulnerable to glare at sunrise and sunset, so don’t rely on this feature exclusively. Always pay attention to the road ahead. Rear- end crashes are the most common crash type in the United States.
You may be thinking how can these safety features help you? or what if you don’t have any of these safety features on your vehicle? These are all great questions – MyCarDoesWhat helps drivers answer these questions.
About My Car Does What:
MyCarDoesWhat is a national campaign to help educate drivers on new vehicle safety technologies designed to help prevent crashes. These technologies range from increasing the stability and control of cars to providing warnings about crash threats to automatically intervening to avoid or reduce the severity of a crash.
The campaign’s website, MyCarDoesWhat.org, includes educational videos and other information about a variety of safety technologies including back-up cameras, blind spot monitoring systems, forward collision alerting and other systems that help drivers avoid or reduce the severity of a crash.
The National Safety Council and the University of Iowa partnered to launch MyCarDoesWhat to educate the public on how to best interact with these safety features to have better, safer driving experiences. #MyCarDoesWhat4Me
My Tips to Staying Safe on The Road:
Distractions: Rid yourself of all distractions. Cell phones are the #1 distraction and I see people talking on their cell phones, and worst texting while driving all the time. This is serious and can not only cause an accident but death in many cases. Rid yourself of any and all distractions (cell phones, music, etc) and concentrate on getting from point A to point B safely.
Tired?: Make sure you aren’t exhausted and getting behind the wheel. Stay off the road if you know you are too tired and shouldn’t be driving.
Pay Attention: As a kid the one thing my mom was known for was passing our turn offs, missing signs and getting us where we needed to go but usually late. Paying attention to where you are going, the road around you, and all the signs is very important. Panicking at the last minute because you missed your turn off could be very dangerous so its best if you, or your passenger keeps track of exactly where you are and where you are going! Stay focused and confident on the roads.
Speed Limits: Know the speed limits of the roads you are traveling and follow them. Speeding in a fast car my be tempting but it’s not worth it. There are limits for a reason, stay within them!
Weather Conditions: Be aware of weather conditions before traveling. Reduce speeds and be careful!
No matter what car you drive, the car safety features — in your car or others – help keep you and your family safer.
How do car safety features keep you and your family safer on roads and at home?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine and 100% true.