Driver attention can often be a fickle thing, especially when driving in familiar environments or when traveling long distances. The familiarity of your own neighborhood can make it easy to allow your vigilance to lapse, and when traveling on the highway, the long stretches of road don’t do much to hold your attention.
Lapses in attention are not the only thing that can put a driver at risk. Sudden shifts in traffic can catch you by surprise, and before you process what’s happening, a collision occurs.
Fortunately, many of these kinds of mishaps can be prevented with a reliable collision avoidance system. Here are some quick facts on why these systems can dramatically decrease your odds of getting in a wreck:
- About 9 out of 10 rear-end collisions could have been prevented with less than two seconds warning.
- Driver inattention accounts for roughly 4 out of 5 of vehicle accidents.
- Lane departure leads to 3 out of every 5 fatal accidents.
A collision avoidance system is any piece of technology that helps protect the driver, passengers, and their vehicle. These can implement a wide variety of technologies to accomplish this. For example, a crash avoidance system may include:
- Radar: Modern radar systems use radio waves to scan the road and detect anything that might present a threat to the driver’s safety. The advantage this technology provides is especially apparent when driving conditions limit visibility. In these cases, the radar can pick up on dangers that the driver’s eyes may not.
- Cameras: Whether it’s a rear-viewing camera to monitor blind spots when backing or a forward facing one for collision detection, cameras are seeing more and more use on vehicles. In the case of the RD-140 system, the camera is used to give the driver an extra half second warning before leaving a marked lane.
- Automatic braking and acceleration: Some systems incorporate automatic braking technologies. These mechanically slow down or stop a vehicle if danger is imminent. Automatic braking and acceleration also see use in some adaptive cruise control systems, which control the speed at which a vehicle travels to match current traffic speeds.
- Warning alarms: When a driver has allowed his or her attention to lapse a little, an alarm is a very quick way to get attention back on the road. Visual and auditory alarms can give drivers the extra second or two they need to avoid a crash. This is as applicable on the highway as it is when parallel parking.
The RD-140 system utilizes radar and camera technology to scan the road and help prevent crashes and lane departures. It provides visual and audio warnings when a crash is imminent, giving you the extra split second you need to react and prevent an accident. In order to learn more about the RD-140 and the benefits it can provide, contact Safe Drive Systems.