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There was a time not that long ago that most drivers did not even wear seat belts. Babies were actually held in the arms of passengers, and only a few cars had power steering and power brakes. Nowadays, there is technology so advanced for consumer vehicles that the cars can actually drive themselves. It is hard to believe this has come about in a single lifetime, but automobile technology is increasing so fast that legislation cannot keep up.
“No matter how careful you are when you drive, there will always be someone else who is not paying attention or other unforeseen circumstances that can cause a crash or pile-up” (Stewart Guss).
Even so, modern technology is helping us reduce accidents and automotive fatalities. Your car may not have the latest industry tech, so here are four gadgets that can improve your safety on today's roads.
Speed and Proximity Detector
There is a gadget you can mount on the inside of your windshield that can see the speed limit on road signs, and also watches to see how close vehicles and pedestrians are. You get an audible alert tone with a visual warning icon to let you know when you are driving too fast or if a car or person is close. New cars can be ordered with this technology, which helps prevent car accidents, already installed.
Electronic technology needs a redundant manual backup. Even if your car has radar emitters to detect vehicles in your blind spots, there is nothing like a good stick on blind spot convex mirror. They are unobtrusive and let you see into areas around your vehicle that regular mirrors do not. Many drivers prefer the visual confirmation that no vehicles are in their blind spots before initiating a lane change. Some blind spot cameras turn on when the turn signal is activated, but there is that short delay. A blind spot mirror is instantly available at all times.
On-Board Diagnostics Tracking Gadget
The OBD port is right under the dashboard of almost every vehicle. It is readily accessible as this is where automobile mechanics plug in testing equipment. There are also GPS tracking systems made to plug into the OBD port. They are powered by the vehicle's battery, and they report through email or text. You can set to be alerted if the car exceeds a certain speed limit, or even a preset boundary area known as a geofence. This is great for knowing if your teens really go where they say they are going and how fast they are driving.
You can set these up in a couple of minutes, and they record anytime your car is being driven. You can capture every feature and incident of a route. Even if you are the safest driver out there, other drivers are not beyond causing car accidents or committing acts of road rage. If someone does something wrong, your dash cam captures it. There is no more hearsay evidence when you have video proof of what happened.
Manufacturer-installed safety items for driving change every year. Long before your car is ready for the junk yard, there will be newer safety technologies and gadgets developed for drivers. Many of these technologies can be installed quickly as an aftermarket item.