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If you’ve bought a car in the past four years, you’ve probably noticed several new features designed to keep you safe on the road. And thanks to this advanced engineering and technology, today’s cars are safer than ever. Some of the new features include automated emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control, to name a few.
However, a national survey conducted by Erie Insurance found that not everyone is taking advantage of these new security features. According to the survey, which interviewed 500 licensed U.S. drivers ages 18 and older with vehicles manufactured in 2016 and later, drivers intentionally turn off or turn off these features that can ultimately help them avoid crashes.
Erie Insurance, an auto insurance company that cares about the safety of its customers and all drivers, commissioned a nationwide survey to determine which features drivers turn off the most and why. “Drivers said their most common reasons for turning features off or off were that they found them annoying or inconvenient,” said Jon Bloom, vice president of personal auto, Erie Insurance. Bloom said that while automakers are always striving to refine and improve features, there may also be instances where it’s more about learning how the feature works and getting used to it.
An analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) found that forward collision warning combined with automated emergency braking reduced forward collisions by more than half (56%) -rear with injuries. But the Erie Insurance survey found that among drivers whose vehicles have these features, 11% turn off forward collision warning and 17% turn off automated emergency braking.
Interestingly, the two features drivers were most likely to say they turned off were those designed to improve their comfort and convenience. The largest percentage of drivers (30%) said they had not used adaptive cruise control, which keeps a vehicle a specific distance from the car in front of it by applying the brakes if it gets close too. The most cited reason for not using this feature was “I want to control the vehicle, not have the vehicle control itself.”
The second most disabled feature was lane keeping assist, which helps prevent the car from drifting out of the lane markings by automatically making light braking or minor steering adjustments. Almost a quarter of drivers (23%) said they had turned off lane-keep assist, and the most cited reason was that they found the feature annoying.
It is sad. The new safety devices available will save lives and injuries. “Ideally, as features improve and drivers become more comfortable with them, using them will become second nature like seat belts are today,” said Bloom. “The payoff could be huge in terms of reducing accidents and saving lives.”
Many thanks to Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, PA, and the 13th largest auto insurer in the United States, for providing the information for this article. They can be reached at: https://www.erieinsurance.com/