Do You Need Driver-Assistance Features In Your New Vehicle? Here’s Why They’re Worth It If asked, most everyone would say that they are rather safe drivers. Yet statistics show that this nation of “safe” drivers produces almost 6 million traffic accidents each year, with more than 2 million injuries and more than 30,000 resulting deaths. And according to one study, the majority of those accidents was caused solely by driver error. Now it probably is true that most people are safe drivers, at least most of the time. The problem is that there are times and situations when even a safe driver is no longer safe. It could be the result of drowsiness or momentary distractions, or there could be a situation that requires quicker reflexes and a faster reaction time than normal. That’s where the new technology of driver-assistance features comes in. These features give the driver a hand in potentially dangerous situations, alerting you to the problem or even taking steps to keep you safe. Driver-assistance features are somewhat like insurance, kicking in only when needed and preventing small problems from becoming catastrophic mistakes. Driver-assistance features come in several forms: Blind-spot information systems warn you about objects near your vehicle that you otherwise cannot see. Adaptive cruise control will reduce your speed when coming up on a slow-moving vehicle. Lane departure warning systems provide a warning if you begin drifting out of your lane, which will also serve to wake you up if the drifting was caused by drowsiness. Vehicle stability control, along with features such as traction control and electronic brake-force distribution, keep the driver in control by preventing skids or spinning wheels. They go beyond what the driver can do alone, by individually adjusting the brakes or power to each wheel and doing so at computer-fast speeds. Many other driver-assistance features are in development by companies such as Toyota and Ford. Though still a long way out from having a Knight Rider-like vehicle that can drive itself, these advances do help make safe drivers even safer and help to protect you from those few not-so-safe drivers on the road. To learn more about the driver-assistance features available on today’s cars, contact us at NYE Automotive Group.