Not all things are simple and effective
A recent survey by Continental Tyres revealed a worrying amount of uncertainty when it came to understanding the features in cars.
The survey of 2,000 motorists was part of Continental's Vision Zero initiative (a long term, global campaign to reduce road accident fatalities and injuries), The survey found that 40 per cent of drives didn't know how to use all of the technology in their car, while more than 40 per cent road safety is put at risk as a result.
Not having a proper understanding of the safety tech in your car and how to apply it in an emergency could potentially put you and your passengers at risk, so it's important that if you feel not all the features have been properly covered in a handover session (which, as the survey reveals, 44 per cent of drivers feel should last longer than the current average of only 51 minutes), you should take it upon yourself to do a bit of extra research.
The most important safety tech explained
When you hear that many modern cars fitted with AEB, ESC, and HUDs, it's easy to get lost among all the acronyms, but here is a quick guide to some of the latest hi-tech safety features of cars and, more importantly, how they work to keep you safe. Remember that these systems vary from car to car, so it's worth taking the time to find out about the features in your vehicle so you have full understanding.
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) – When you brake suddenly, there is a danger of the wheels locking, causing a loss of control and skidding. ABS will detect if a wheel is trying to lock up during braking and then slightly release the brake pressure on that wheel. This will make sure the wheels maintain traction with the road surface and keep rotating. The feature became compulsory in all cars built since 2004.
Electronic stability control (ESC) – ESC detects loss of steering control. It can then apply the brakes and reduce engine power to help guide the vehicle back on track and allow the driver to regain control.
Auto emergency braking (AEB) – Sometimes even the most cautious driver can make a mistake and not see an upcoming hazard. AEB systems use a range of tools (sensors, radars, lasers, and cameras) to detect danger. The car will then take measures to prevent the collision. It will either alert the driver via an alarm on the dashboard or, if the driver is too slow to react, apply brakes automatically.
Brake assist system (BAS) – To detect when the driver is having to perform an emergency brake by sensing how much force the is being applied to the pedal and the speed at which it's happening. So, if the driver has had to slam down on the brakes, the car will detect this and add additional pressure, ensuring the brakes are fully applied and giving the car a good chance of stopping before a collision.
Heads-up displays (HUD) – Originally developed for military aviation, HUDs are now being used in everyday consumer cars. HUDS make use of augmented reality; they project essential information into the driver's line of sight, sometimes directly onto the windscreen and sometimes on a small transparent screen sitting on top of the dashboard. Designed to be barely visible when not being looked at directly, the main benefit of a HUD is that drivers don't need to switch focus from the road to check vital system information – in other words, drivers keep their "heads up". Cars with built-in HUDs are becoming increasing popular, and you can also buy add-on HUD systems.
Simple and effective telematics car insurance for highly technical cars
Cars have come a long way since the days when a dashboard was home to just the fuel and speed gauges and the on/off switch for a radio. And while many of the technologies included as standard in modern cars help keep the occupants safe, car insurance did little to help drivers – until now. Black box insurance from Coverbox uses in-car smart technology to collect data about your driving, which means we can help you see how you drive, so that you can address any risky or potentially illegal driving behaviour. Plus we can use the data to help process claims as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Technology – what's to understand?
Thankfully, the technology used with a Coverbox black box device insurance policy is super simple and effective. Even better, you can see the data it collects which could help you be a safer driver and get a great rate at renewal, all from your easy to understand, interactive Dashboard.
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