(NC) From blind spot warnings to cameras, sensors and adaptive cruise control, driver assistance technologies have come a long way. As much as these tools can help, they can’t replace an attentive driver. They have limitations and don’t always work as expected. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Know your features
Manufacturers don’t always use standard terms for driver assistance features, so it’s important that you become familiar with the features in your vehicle and know how to use them safely.
Understand their limitations
Some features may only work in specific conditions – for example, at certain speeds or when lanes are clearly visible — so make sure you understand their limits.
Automated features are there to provide an extra layer of protection while driving, not to do the driving for you. Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions.
Revisit the basics
With the advancements in driver assist features, it can be tempting to let your vehicle do the work for you. Even if your car is helping, remember to check your mirrors often, check your blind spots when changing lanes or reversing, and keep an eye on your speed.