A Consumer’s Guide to Automotive Collision Avoidance Systems
An increasing number of new cars offer collision avoidance systems as a standard or optional feature. These advanced safety features allow drivers everywhere to reduce their risk of getting into an auto accident. Here is an overview of some of the most common collision avoidance systems available today and how they can minimize your risk of being involved in an accident.
Lane Departure Systems
Lane drifting happens to even the most seasoned drivers. Imagine how terrifying it must be to unintentionally drift into another lane, only to be alerted by the frantic honking of another driver or the violent vibrations of a highway rumble strip. It’s times like these when a lane departure system really shines. This collision avoidance system warns of an unintentional drift out of the lane. Some lane departure systems even apply the brakes to automatically correct unintentional drifting or lane departure.
Blind Spot Monitoring
The dreaded blind spot: a danger most drivers are introduced to early in their driving careers. The blind spot is an area around the vehicle that you have to physically turn your head around to see. Other cars can lurk in your blind spot for miles without being noticed. Fortunately, blind spot monitoring technology is your third eye in this situation, warning you of vehicles in your blind spots through icons in your rearview mirror, a loud alarm, or a combination of both.
Collision Warning with Brake Support
Some collision avoidance systems help you when you need it most. By providing the right amounts of pressure and control, brake support systems work in conjunction with a collision warning system when an accident is all but certain. When the collision warning goes off, this feature automatically applies the brakes to avoid an accident or lessen the force of the impact.
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