Today’s modern vehicles are being integrated with a dizzying array of high tech sensors and cameras, all designed to make driving a vehicle safer and more enjoyable. However, these systems should not replace good, safe driving practices. It is important that you, as a professional instructor, keep up with these various technologies and incorporate their proper use into your classroom discussion. Below are two systems found in new cars today.
Adaptive Cruise Control
This maintains a constant cruising speed while keeping a safe following distance (1-3 car lengths) from the vehicle ahead. Forward-facing sensors detect a vehicle directly ahead; the system slows the driver’s vehicle to match the front car’s speed. Once the path in front is clear, the system automatically accelerates back to the driver’s preset speed.
Drowsiness/ Fatigue Warning
This warns the driver when he or she exhibits signs of being tired or inattentive. Using a variety of sensors, this system constantly monitor factors such as driving style, steering inputs and driver engagement with other vehicle systems. If it determines that a driver is showing signs of fatigue, it alerts the driver, prompting them to stop for a break or to cease driving altogether for the day.
More information on these and other vehicle safety technologies can be found in AAA’s new tri-fold brochure Advanced Vehicle Safety Technologies. To order, call (800) 327.3444 or email AAADTPrograms@national.aaa.com.