Most new cars have quite a bit of technology built into the vehicle. Some of it is for safety, while other technology is for convenience of the driver and passengers. Although most of this new technology is designed to allow the driver to focus on the road and not have to worry about dialing a phone or looking at a map, it can still cause quite a bit of distraction. In 2012 alone, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
Many cars have sensors on the front and rear bumpers to alert you if there is something close to your vehicle. This can be helpful when you are parking, backing out of a driveway or quickly approaching an unexpected object, person or vehicle. However, when a sensor goes off, the drivers first reaction is to identify which sensor is being activated. By doing this, it takes the drivers eyes or attention off the road, creating a distraction. If one of your sensors is activated, be sure to note the sensor, but don’t let it distract you from the action you are taking. When in doubt, stop and assess the situation before proceeding. [Read more…]