Imagine driving down the highway and a car swerves right into your lane. Perhaps this has happened to you. Could very well be a distracted driver – on a cell phone texting, falling asleep at the wheel, or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Certainly, these are all very dangerous situations.
Now imagine built in safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots. As you may know, these safety systems exist and according to reports released this week, are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes.
Concurrently, research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety raises the concern that drivers may be less vigilant when relying on automated safety systems or become distracted by dashboard displays that monitor how the systems are performing.