Is Technology Really Making Our Roads Safer?

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 17 days ago
    Technology has a way of making our lives easier. Whether it’s the internet, smartphones or even our cars, many companies focus on using technology to improve our lives and make them much easier and more enjoyable to live. However, that’s not to say that every bit of technology is advantageous.

    When it comes to the road, technology can be a mixed bag of opinions. While car safety technology has certainly improved and reduced the rate of motor-related fatalities in the country, death tolls have slowly been rising again over the past couple of years.

    People often praise technology for making our cars and roads safer, but is that reality or just fiction? Are our roads really that much safer than they were a decade ago, or is it just a poor understanding of what really goes on in today’s roads? Let’s examine those points to find out if technology really has helped, or if we’ve all got the wrong idea.

    There are more cyclists on the road than ever before

    If you ask a driver what the number one threat on the road is, then they might quickly answer “cyclists”. Cycling has become one of the best ways to get around because it’s inexpensive, it provides exercise and it’s a green method of transportation that doesn’t hurt the environment. Because of all of these benefits, we’re starting to see more and more cyclists on the road. Most of the time this doesn’t really matter, especially considering that they’ve got their own cycling paths that are out of the way of other vehicles. Sadly, some cyclists are just like bad drivers–they have no awareness. They’ll either forget that there’s a cycling lane or they’ll completely disregard the cars near them. This can quickly lead to accidents and with more and more cyclists appearing on the road, this problem is only going to get worse unless both cyclists and motorists can learn to look out for each other.

    Technology integration is becoming more and more distracting

    Now that we have smartphone features built into our vehicles, they’re becoming more and more like computers by the year. Although traditional vehicles won’t reach the level of technology that a Tesla vehicle has, they do still have plenty of dock features, screens and other buttons that could distract you while driving. The most common case is using your phone (even if it’s on the dashboard) to phone contacts, send messages or even browse the web. Some modern vehicles have voice integration that utilizes your smartphone’s voice commands, but this can be finicky and distracting. All of these distractions ultimately lead to a higher frequency of accidents because, instead of focusing on the road, your attention is split.

    DIY repairs are more popular than ever before

    Technology gave birth to the internet, a place where freedom and free speech are given to everyone. While it can be abused in the wrong hands, there is plenty of useful information on the internet and you can find everything from cooking special dishes to repairing cars. There are many car repairs that you shouldn’t do yourself, but there are many videos and guides on the internet that show you step-by-step how to do a DIY repair. While we can recommend it if you’re already quite handy, we would definitely hire a skilled mechanic to help you solve your vehicle’s problems instead of doing it on your own. Just because the video shows that the repair is easy, it doesn’t mean that you will have an easy job.

    Car insurance scams and fraud is on the rise

    With car insurance scams and fraud on the rise again, there are more and more reckless drivers that don’t seem to care who they injure or crash into as long as they can claim some kind of compensation from their insurers. If you feel like you were in an accident that had nothing to do with you, then you’ll need a skilled lawyer to fight in your corner. Here is the webpage that you’ll want to look at if you feel like you’re on the receiving end of some kind of insurance scam. Always hire a lawyer if you’re in an accident, even if you know it wasn’t your fault. This is so you can guarantee that you'll have some representation, and it gives you the ability to fight back against scammers that blatantly run into your vehicle or crash into your car for the sake of money.

    There are more car choices available than ever before

    With so many vehicle choices available, people are finding it harder than ever to pick out a vehicle that’s right for them. In fact, many new car owners are just looking at the price and disregarding safety features. They may even skip the test drive phase which means they’ll be driving out of the dealership with a vehicle they know nothing about. They’ll throw the manual away (or lose it) and they won’t learn much about their vehicle. This could cause their vehicle to degrade faster and it could pose a risk on the road. It’s always a good idea to learn about the vehicle that you’re driving, but many people see cars as disposable commodities due to the number of vehicles available on the market and how easy it is to replace them.

    At the end of the day, we need to remember that something as basic and widely-used as driving a vehicle has existed for many decades. In the past, cars never had all of their safety features yet there are millions of drivers from that era who are still alive today without a single scratch on them or their vehicles.

    If we want to drive safely, then we first need to bolster our basic driving knowledge. We can’t rely on technology all of the time and if we truly want to make our roads safer, we need to go back to basics and actually learn how to drive safely and defensively.

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