The recent day cars are now given a strong layer of protection with high-tech safety and driver assistance features to help them prevent even the slightest possibilities of a crash or collision. But if you rely on those features blindly without the knowledge about how they work, you are going to invite more trouble than you can imagine.
The team of mechanics serving at the Caldwell Toyota dealership center shared with us how much a driver should rely on these features when met with any driving hazard.
Limitations of the Safety Systems
Worldwide research about these features being used by the drivers showed that till now most of the drivers did not know or have been able to understand that there can be some limitations of these features as well. And by not understanding the limitations of these driver assistance systems had trapped them into more serious situations, than what they would have normally faced.
So here we will site you a few examples of these systems and the extent of their reliability, and also the ways they are mistaken by the drivers, who use them.
It seems many drivers didn’t know the limitations of the feature blind-spot monitoring systems. These systems work only when it spots a car entering a driver’s blind spot, while many monitoring systems might not be able to detect the vehicles if they are running at high speeds. Many drivers wrongly tend to believe that the blind-spot monitoring systems are also able to monitor the road lying behind the car and rely on it for detecting closely run vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians and even if they are passing at high speed, but the system is not made for that purpose. This purpose is served by the 360 degree view camera that will show you the current picture around the car. So, a driver whose car isn’t equipped with a 360 degree camera but has a blind spot monitoring system might get trapped into an accident because of this over-dependence on this system.
Automatic Emergency Braking
The automatic emergency braking feature that usually is paired with a forward-collision warning system are mostly causing tremendous confusion among the drivers. Many drivers assume that the forward-collision warning itself can apply the brakes automatically at the moment of an emergency, but in reality this feature is only responsible for shooting a warning signal to the driver, and it is the job of the automatic emergency braking feature to apply the brakes after it receives the signal. So, if a car comes with only the former feature and not the latter one, a driver wrongly depending on the feature to apply the brakes will invite terrible consequences.
To avoid such gruesome misfortunes, the experts of the Toyota dealership near Caldwell suggest the drivers, not to entirely depend on these features leaving their sense of responsibilities aside, as these features are there only to create a second layer of safety but not the first and primary one.