For those of you who come here often, you know how fond of road trips we are. Any excuse for my family to get on the road is a good excuse for us. With travel though comes its dangers and in order to stay safe on the road, many newer cars have new technologies that make your road trip safer.
For example, my car can warn me of a back and front collision, and newer cars have back up cameras and so much more! Car safety technologies help keep you, your family, and others safe while on the road. In some cases, even when we’re off the road – you know just parking our cars?
How the Technologies Work:
Help you see objects directly behind you while backing up and can help you judge how far away from objects you are. Please remember to always walk behind your car to make sure there is nothing there. The cameras are great, common sense is better.
Blind Spot Monitors:
Warn you of cars driving in your blind spots. They may provide an additional warning if you use your turn signal when there is a car next to you in another lane.
Forward Collision Warning:
Can alert you of an impending collision with a slower moving or stationary car in front of you.
MyCarDoesWhat.org has descriptions of these and more safety technologies that your car has and some that newer cars have. If you have questions about their benefits, visit MyCarDoesWhat to get the answer you’re looking for.
Tips to Properly Use the Car Safety Features:
- Be sure that you’ve physically checked behind the car before backing out of a driveway or parking spot.
- There are some objects that the backup camera may not detect, especially if they are close to the ground or under the car.
- Remember to always look over your shoulder and in your mirrors as you back up even if you have backup cameras. These are tools to assist you, not do the whole job for you.
Blind Spot Monitors
- Make sure that the sensors on your blind spot monitors are not blocked by moisture, snow, dirt or other material.
- Blind spot monitors are optimized for highway driving and highway speeds; they may not work as well with slow-moving or extremely fast vehicles.
- Some blind spot monitors are not optimized to detect motorcycles, bicycles or pedestrians. Hence why you should always look over your shoulders to check your blind spots before making a lane change.
Forward Collision Warning
- Your forward collision warning system’s sensors can be blocked by ice or snow, so be sure to clear any build-up off your feature’s sensors before you begin driving.
- If you aren’t sure where your forward collision warning’s sensors are located, you can always check your owner’s manual or with your dealership.
- Always pay attention to the road ahead especially because the sensors can be blocked by sun glare. Rear- end crashes are the most common crash type in the United States.
About My Car Does What
MyCarDoesWhat is a national campaign to help educate drivers on new vehicle safety technologies designed to help prevent crashes. These technologies range from increasing the stability and control of cars to providing warnings about crash threats to automatically intervening to avoid or reduce the severity of a crash.
The campaign’s website, MyCarDoesWhat.org, includes educational videos and other information about a variety of safety technologies. Some of which include backup cameras, blind spot monitoring systems, forward collision alerting and other systems that help drivers avoid or reduce the severity of a crash.
The National Safety Council and the University of Iowa partnered to launch MyCarDoesWhat. They did this to educate the public on how to best interact with the safety features and to have better and safer driving experiences. Especially relevant, is that this program is funded by Toyota. #MyCarDoesWhat4Me
Give MyCarDoesWhat.org a visit and tell me which safety features does your car have and how do they keep your family and others safe on the road.