Resist deactivating your car’s safety features
When seat belts were introduced, initially for the front occupants, some drivers refused to wear them, despite the proven safety benefits. Today, electronic safety aids are intended to not only supplement the seat belts but Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) seek to prevent an incident from happening in the first place.
According to Autoglass’s latest survey, over 40% of drivers are switching ADAS functions off, which include Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and/or lane departure systems among them.
The problem may be down to a lack of knowledge, with almost a quarter of those surveyed stating that the salesperson did not explain ADAS’s importance, let alone how the various systems operate.
A further problem is that these systems rely on hardware, such as the pictured sensor, which requires periodic recalibration. While Autoglass highlights that replacing windscreens tend to require an ADAS adjustment afterwards, so do relatively routine tasks, such as adjusting the wheel alignment, or the ‘tracking’. Over half of the respondents in the survey were unaware of this.
Therefore, if you are unfamiliar with your car’s safety functions, we advise strongly that you study the handbook carefully. It could save your life.