According to the Federal Highway Administration, inclement weather can affect a vehicle’s performance and increase the likelihood of an accident. For this reason, auto manufacturers have invested millions of dollars in producing vehicles that compensate for rain, snow, slick roads and other hazardous conditions. GPS, adaptive headlights, rear cameras and other technologies have saved countless lives.
Unfortunately, the latest gadgets cannot control the behaviors of other motorists. If you or a loved one was injured in a crash that another driver caused, contact Morris Bart, LTD.
Here are five features that can improve your driving safety in poor weather:
GPS may not be a new technology, but it can save your life in bad weather. A pre-programmed GPS unit will guide you to your destination without checking multiple road signs or getting lost.
A hands-free GPS with audio is also less distracting than paper maps and printed directions. Most new cars come standard with GPS, but if you have an older model, you can purchase a standalone unit.
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Headlights are constantly evolving to keep drivers safe. Adaptive headlights will move with your steering wheel to help you avoid hazards when turning. They will angle with the corner and help you see obstacles in the direction you are heading.
Modern steering wheels can help you avoid unexpected hazards. Adaptive steering reduces the angle you need to turn a steering wheel to change the direction of your wheels on the road. This can make last-minute changes easier to execute. It also makes the vehicle more fun to drive.
Back Bumper Cameras
Many new cars now come with video cameras that help drivers see blind spots. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, these are particularly useful when reversing. They are also helpful in poor weather when visibility is low and drivers have difficulty seeing hazards around their vehicles. It will soon be mandatory for all new cars in the United States to have back bumper cameras.
Tire Pressure Monitoring
Tire pressure is critical to vehicle safety, but many drivers fail to check this regularly. Most new cars come with systems to monitor tire pressure at all times. They will alert the driver to changes in air pressure.
In addition to tire pressure, there are other tire-related factors that can affect the likelihood of an accident. These include previous tire damage and tread. If you hit a curb and damage your tire, ask a mechanic if it requires replacement. Also, be sure to check your tire tread regularly so you can maintain control of the vehicle.
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