Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:40 pm
Last year, I bought my first new car in more than a decade. The thing that has most impressed me about driving it: the crash avoidance technology — specifically, the blind-spot monitoring.
Sure, I love the new seats, the look and the air conditioning that actually works (sometimes too well), but the blind-spot monitoring is a welcome co-pilot on busy roads. Those little lights in my rearview mirrors let me know when someone’s next to me, even if I can’t immediately see them. If I hit my turn signal, and someone is there, I get a warning beep.
Let me be clear: I don’t solely rely on the car to let me know if someone’s in my blind spot. However, the monitoring system has helped me avoid a few close calls. Technologies like this one seems to do the same for others, too. Data from the Highway Loss Data Institute show that other crash avoidance technologies help to reduce crashes.
While my car’s crash avoidance technology is limited to the blind-spot monitoring, there’s a suite of other offerings that are becoming more mainstream. Here are some common types that you’ll find in the market:
- Front crash prevention: cameras, radar or other equipment that senses cars ahead of your vehicle.
- Adaptive cruise control: sensors that adjust your cruise control to maintain safe spacing.
- Lane departure: cameras that track road markings and warn or resist moving out of a lane.
- Parking assist and rearview cameras: systems that help drivers back up or park safely.
- Adaptive headlights: helps with curvy roads by moving headlights with steering motions.
- Electronic stability control: systems that help reduce traction loss or skidding.
If you’re looking for cars that have all or some of these options, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has resources for you that will display standard or available options for more than three dozen makes of car.
While avoiding crashes helps to keep you safe, it also has insurance benefits, like potential savings on insurance. Plymouth Rock provides its auto insurance customers discounts for having little to no claims history.
What kind of crash avoidance technology do you have in your car? Has it helped you avoid a crash? Share your experience in the comments below.