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AAA: Don’t Rely On New Car Safety Features

Posted at 5:24 AM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 07:40:51-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– AAA officials are warning drivers not to rely too much on new cars’ fancy safety features.

AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety found that new technology, such as blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist and forward-collision warning, could prevent as many at 2.7 million crashes across America each year.

But, they also found 80 percent of drivers with a blind-spot monitor system don’t understand its limits.

“It would be awesome if we could have the best of both worlds and be able to reap the benefits of these technologies, but also be assured that drivers will use them as intended and not forget about their safe driving habits,” said Lori Weaver Hawkins, manager of public and government affairs at AAA Bluegrass.

While the new safety technologies could prevent as much as 30 percent of traffic deaths in the coming years, AAA encourages you to look into what’s in your car to get a better idea of how you’re being protected.