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Many drivers ill-informed about vehicle technologies

Car safety technologies can help Connecticut drivers to avoid accidents and injuries. However, in many cases, they may not understand how these advanced systems work and may tend to overestimate their capacities, according to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Fetures like blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control can be great tools for drivers in staying safe on the roads, but many drivers expect too much from these systems.

According to researchers, survey respondents often seemed unaware of the limitations of these technologies. This kind of awareness is important, especially as autonomous driving technologies improve. When drivers use these systems correctly, they can improve safety significantly, but if people put too much trust in the systems, they could find themselves in serious car crashes. The survey noted that almost 80 percent of drivers don't understand how blind-spot monitoring technologies can be limited. Many expected the systems to be better at spotting bicycles or fast vehicles, and one-quarter noted that they no longer check visually for oncoming cars, relying instead on alerts from the system.

In addition, drivers also often confuse forward-collision warning systems with automatic emergency braking. While the former technology warns of an impending crash, only the latter involves taking automated action to stop it. Over 40 percent of survey participants did not understand the difference. Almost 30 percent also noted that they felt comfortable engaging in other activities - in other words, distracted driving - while adaptive cruise control systems functioned.

Serious car accidents are frequently caused by dangerous or negligent driving. They can lead to lifelong disabilities and severe injuries. People who have been injured as a result of someone else's actions might opt to work with a personal injury lawyer to pursue compensation for their injuries, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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