Teens and Car Technology
Crashes are still the number one cause of death for teenagers. What could possibly help improve this statistic? With one year’s experience under their belt, teens are given a privilege that prove too much responsibility for many. With the advent of so much new technology not only coming out for cars, but becoming mandatory additions, is promising. While this new technology will certainly improve safety for all drivers, it’s especially important for teens. They will learn how to use this technology to their advantage, and what to do if this technology fails.
Some technology that is available for cars today has been around for a while, this includes lane departure warnings and blind spot monitoring for example. But many cars on the road today, especially cars that a 16-year-old owns do not have these still “advanced” safety features. Autonomous vehicles are expected to make their major debut in 2017, and teens and kids today will have this superior technology to get to know as they learn to drive. Truly a new frontier in travel. Other innovations such as backup cameras and automatic emergency braking features will be mandatory standard feature for all new cars starting in 2018 and 2020, respectively.
However, we want to stress, autonomous vehicles and these other features that are meant to provide extra safety, will not be as helpful if teens do not know how to utilize these features. It’s an obligation of parents to teach their kids both the “old school” and the “new school” ways of driving. Having a foundation before they use these extra features is crucial. If a system fails, they need to know what to do.
In all, technology is definitely the key to safer driving. It’s important to remember though, that this technology should be assistants, not in the driver’s seat. Driver skill and judgement are necessary, and all teens and adults should know this.
Source: Modern Wellness Guide