By: Nathan Abrahams
You grip the wheel of your car, a task so mundane that it has become second nature to you. Your eyes are fixed ahead, and you feel relaxed and comfortable in your car. You're unaware that, on the opposite lane, another driver just looked at his phone and has deviated from his lane. The cars collide in an awesome display of force, and your life will never be the same.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80% of crashes and 65% of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction—just 3 seconds before you experience a collision. Today, with the terrifying onset of texting-while-driving, this danger surrounds us more than ever.
To most of us, driving is such a daily routine that we completely forget how dangerous it is, how close we are to a deadly accident every day, while zipping between hundreds of other cars, all going at the same incredible speed. We need to watch out for a hundred things at once, and we all worry about accidents. As we get older, this fear becomes even more real, ever present, and it seems that other than stop driving, there's nothing we can do about it.
Thankfully, that is not the case anymore. In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of drivers adding another set of eyes to their car, the kind that never blinks. These are anti-collision systems, scan the road in front of the drivers hundreds of times per second, alerting them to real risks of collision and giving them those few extra seconds needed to avoid a deadly accident.
These systems are considered 'active' systems. Systems that do not require any intervention by human hands, but alert by themselves with a sound before an accident occurs. New Studies conducted in the United States show that 90% of auto accidents are avoidable with the help of a warning and prevention system installed on the vehicle.
The types of accidents these systems can prevent:
1. Head-on or lateral impact collisions, because the car deviated from the proper lane and ran into a car going on the opposite lane.
Advanced anti-collision systems, such as the Safe Drive System, come equipped with 2 separate radar systems, constantly scanning for dangers, alerting you to vehicles ahead of you changing speeds or deviating from their lane. Retrofitted into any car, these systems scan up to 500 feet ahead, giving you the crucial time you require to break or move the car out of the danger.
So if you worry about the accident you never saw coming, consider adding a guardian to your car, to watch out for those drivers who take their eyes, and attention, off the road.