Vehicle safety technology intends to serve a useful purpose. Blind-spot monitoring, camera assistance, and other features seek to keep drivers from getting involved in an avoidable collision. However, not all Minnesota motorists may know how to utilize the technology effectively. The lack of understanding could, ironically, undermine a driver’s ability to avoid a collision.
Lack of training might be a problem
Research shows that technology may help drivers avoid some accidents but might contribute to other mishaps. The inclusion of new technology may provide a new dynamic for a driver not used to the system. Someone who never relied on a lane-assist feature may end up relying on it too much. That is, the driver may stop the routine safety step of looking before changing lanes. Relying solely on the lane-assist technology has limitations, which might lead to an avoidable accident.
Drivers might not even know how the technology works or how to utilize the systems effectively. Lack of training could end up causing more problems.
Learning how the technology functions
A consumer may gravitate towards a vehicle that comes packed with scores of unique safety features. However, the new car buyer might only have a cursory understanding of how they work. No requirements exist for training, so the driver has to learn how the features perform while driving. The driver may or may not “get it” and could end up developing bad habits.
Drivers that don’t know how to use safety features or over-rely on them could end up in a car accident that injures other road users. If the driver’s negligence contributed to the accident, victims might want to have an attorney’s help when seeking compensation for their medical bills and other losses.