While technology aims to make our driving safer and more efficient, drivers should still be aware of their surroundings and avoid risky behavior. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Tech is altering our driving behavior
Technology is changing our cars, and so naturally our driving behavior is changing with it.
For example, when backing up, 25% of drivers said they first look over their shoulder when backing up compared to 30% of drivers who first check the backup camera when backing up.
Trends like these could be detrimental to drivers. Jim Sharifi, editor for CARFAX, explains: “It’s important to remember that while safety technology is continually evolving, these are still driver aids, meaning that they are not a substitute for safe driving habits. These features can improve driver confidence and add a layer of convenience, but drivers still need to be alert and aware of their surroundings.”
Drivers are more likely to be distracted as more cars come equipped with Bluetooth connectivity. Drivers with Bluetooth more readily admitted to talking on the phone, texting, or using apps or social media while in the car — only 23% who have this feature totally refrain from these activities, while 34% without it report refraining.
Unfamiliarity with the technology in the cars is an issue drivers need to be aware of. While a majority (62%) reported asking the dealership or previous owner about how to use the features, 58% reported that they would "try it and see how it works." This is problematic as some capabilities, for example, are intended for highway driving rather than a windy back road.
Source : http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2017/10/06/technology-in-cars-is-changing-the-market-and-how?t=catastrophe-restoration