4 Ways New Cars are Making Roads Safer for Everyone

4 Ways New Cars are Making Roads Safer for EveryoneModern technology is making driving a more enjoyable experience for all. Coming equipped with infotainment and convenience features makes every modern car feel like a luxury experience. What about technology’s impact on driver safety, though? Thanks to advanced cameras and computerized controls throughout the vehicle, hitting the road is safer than ever before. Here are four ways new cars help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road:

 

1. Stay in Your Lane

It only takes a split second for you to depart your lane and collide with another motorist. Modern cars are equipped with advanced cameras and sensor technology to identify and prevent accidental lane departures. Lane departure warning utilizes a windshield camera to track safety markers such as lane dividers and issue an audio warning if the divider is breached.

Working in tandem with road departure mitigation systems, the vehicle can then automatically apply changes to steering and speed to keep you safe in your lane. Furthermore, lane keep assist sensors will maintain your course in the middle of your lane unless you signal your intent to leave it, keeping other drivers around you safe as well.

2. Keep Your Eyes on the Road

In 2020 distracted driving caused 23 deaths and 125 serious injuries in New Zealand. The longer you’re behind the wheel, the higher your chances of driving distracted at some point in your trip. Distractions can come from passengers, cell phones or even being lost in thought while driving.

Fortunately, new cars NZ are equipped with a driver attention monitor to keep you focused on the road. This system uses data from steering corrections to measure driver awareness and will alert the driver to take a break if too few or too many steering corrections are detected. With additional features such as a lane watch camera to monitor your blind spot and a customizable speed alarm to assist in maintaining a safe speed, road trips are safer than ever before.

 

3. Stop Collisions Before They Happen

New adaptive cruise control technology allows you to take your foot off the gas and relax while the car does the work. Just set your desired speed and let the sensor’s tracking technology take over, automatically adjusting your speed as necessary to maintain a safe following distance from other vehicles. If traffic suddenly stops the vehicle will apply the emergency brake assist, stopping your car in the shortest possible distance.

Additionally, the collision mitigation braking system equipped with night-time monitoring will detect obstacles even in low light settings. If another motorist suddenly cuts in front of you the braking system triggers automatically to reduce speed and minimize the risk of serious injury.

 

4. Go Where You Want, When You Want

If you’ve ever taken a scenic drive through New Zealand’s beautiful mountains, you know that sometimes gravity takes the wheel. New vehicles come equipped with hill start assist technology and put the control back in your hands. This feature locks the wheels in place for a few seconds in between the time it takes for your foot to move from the brakes to the accelerator, keeping your car from rolling downhill.

Modern cars also have an electronic brake hold feature. This system is exactly what it sounds like, and keeps your car from rolling forward when you take your foot off the brake with a single push of a button. To get your car moving again you only need to tap the accelerator, no need to keep pushing the button repeatedly in stop-and-go traffic.

Modern technology in new cars not only provides a truly luxurious cruise for you and your passengers but also streamlines the driving experience. Whether you’re a new driver or you’ve been hitting the road for years, new cars have made driving an easier, safer experience for all road users.

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