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Will these safety systems make you a better driver?

Whether you have confidence in your driving skills or being behind the wheel on the Georgia roadways makes you feel anxious, automakers want to improve your chances of avoiding a crash by adding technology to your vehicle. According to Edmunds.com, the vehicle safety options available today vary quite a bit, and some may not be right for you.

Some systems are designed to keep your car in your lane until you make a conscious decision to move to another one. Sensors identify lane markings and provide an alert if your tires drift across them without steering wheel or turn signal feedback. Unfortunately, the technology loses its edge on roads where the paint has worn away and lanes are not clearly lined. Not only that, you may discover that frequent vibrations or sounds that warn you of an impending issue are distracting rather than helpful. Many drivers choose to turn it off.

Rearview cameras and blind spot warnings may be particularly helpful to you if you have mobility issues and cannot quickly or easily look over your shoulder to do a head check to see if the way is clear. Relying on these systems too heavily can cause problems, though, because the blind spot technology has been proven to be less effective at identifying motorcycles. In addition, some rearview cameras are positioned in a way that would not reveal something below bumper height, such as a toddler or small animal, within several feet of the rear of the vehicle.

When your regular drive involves a lot of stop-and-go traffic, you may be at high risk for a rear-end collision. In your case, a forward collision warning system that automatically brakes for you may prevent any number of fender benders and even more serious crashes. Because there are considerable differences in performance from one automatic braking function to the next, you may want to do additional research before choosing this feature. This information may help you evaluate vehicle technology, but it is not intended as legal advice.

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