Car manufacturers around the world have been working diligently to enhance the safety features that they offer. While the amount of safety features a typical car has today is much more than one had, say 20 years ago, does that mean that Illinois roadways are actually safer? The statistics show that they are.
A reduction in car accidents
Auto accidents for vehicles that have advanced safety systems have declined. According to a recent study, vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems showed a 19% decrease in the amount of property damage claims and a 27% decrease in the number of bodily injury claims that insurance companies received. These figures show that having advanced driver safety systems may just be the solution that we’ve all been looking for to reduce the number of traffic accidents that happen each year.
What are advanced safety systems?
Advanced safety systems are devices that are built into modern vehicles that use sensors and cameras to help detect potential collisions and alert the driver to them. Some examples include lane departure warning, pedestrian detection system, road sign recognition, blind spot detection, collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. These systems work both when the vehicle is driving at a high rate of speed as well as when the vehicle is being parked.
As experts continue to look at the statistics behind accidents with cars that have specific advanced safety systems compared to ones that do not, it continues to become clear that these systems are making vehicles safer for drivers. For example, one study looked at the crash involvement rate of vehicles that had blind spot monitoring and those that didn’t. The vehicles that have blind spot monitoring were involved in 14% fewer crashes than the same model vehicles that did not have blind spot monitoring.
Each year, new advanced safety systems are developed to help drivers better maneuver their cars on the roadway and in parking lots. As studies have shown, advanced safety systems are helping to make the highways a safer place for all drivers. Expect to see more advanced safety systems come out in the future.