In the United States, 1.7 million rear-end car accidents happen every year, resulting in more than 500,000 injuries to motorists. The Washington Post reported there is a simple way to significantly reduce these collisions, or even to put a stop to them. The Post's article focuses on a recommendation from National Transportation Safety Board to include collision avoidance systems as standard features in vehicles. While this technology could help to stop a rear car from crashing into a lead vehicle, the technology is not always guaranteed to work 100 percent and can be prone to malfunctions and problems.
Ultimately, there is no substitute for careful driving when it comes to rear-end crash prevention. Motorists need to be sure they are following best practices and exercising reasonable caution. They can avoid most rear-end accidents through good driving behavior, regardless of what technologies they do or don't have installed.
How to Prevent Rear-End Accidents
National Transportation Safety Board believes consumers should not have to pay extra money for technology designed to help prevent rear-end accidents. As a result, NTSB is recommending all car manufacturers make collision avoidance a standard feature rather than an upgrade. Currently, most carmakers offer optional technology to detect when a car is about to strike. Consumers do not always spend the extra money to buy the technology. If it was mandatory, the option to skip it would be removed, and eventually the vast majority of cars on U.S. roads would have automated rear-end crash prevention systems.
NTSB estimates 80 percent of injuries and fatalities resulting from rear-end crashes could be prevented if collision avoidance systems were installed in all cars. The systems which brake automatically, rather than just alerting the driver to an impending obstacle, are the most effective. Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) endorsed the NTSB's recommendation, with the executive director saying: "The key to achieving the next wave of success in reducing highway deaths is technological advances."
Collision avoidance systems could reduce the potential risk of human error and reduce the number of rear-end crashes. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates 87 percent of rear-end collisions occur because drivers are not paying attention behind the wheel. Electronic in-vehicle systems, cell phones and texting while driving are big reasons why many drivers increasingly lose their focus and get into-rear end crashes.
It is unclear if carmakers will make collision avoidance systems standard. Even if they do, the systems may not work effectively to prevent every car accident. Drivers still need to take responsibility behind the wheel, regardless of whether or not they have such safety features installed in their vehicle. This means putting away cell phones and other electronic devices and staying 100 percent focused on the road in front of them. Drivers should also leave a four-second following distance between their car and the car in front, and more space in between vehicles during bad weather.
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