Safe Driving Misconceptions

There are so many misconceptions about safe driving and how the features in your car can help you drive safer. While this is true, it’s important not to rely on these safe driving features and make sure you are always abiding by the speed limit, looking where you’re going, and avoiding distractions. If you’re looking for new ways to improve your safe driving, protect those are you by avoiding these issues.

Driving  the Speed Limit is Safe

While most people might think that driving the speed limit at all times is safe, but sometimes it’s safer to be driving slower. The speed limits that are enforced in areas are placed under ideal conditions but when conditions become less than ideal, think rain, snow and sleet, driving the speed limit can actually be extremely dangerous. When it’s snowing, when the roads are slippery, and if there’s a storm, drive slow and take your time getting to your destination.

Driving Slower is Safer

Driving slower is safer when the road conditions are less than ideal but when the conditions are ideal, say a sunny day, driving slow (especially on the highway) can be dangerous. Cars will be entering and exiting at the correct speed limit and coming up on a car that is driving very slow can cause them to break harder than they were expecting, which can lead to car accidents.

Using a Hands-Free Device While Driving is Safe

While using a hands-free device while driving is safer than holding your device in your hand, the conversation you are having can be as distracting as it would be to be texting and driving. If you can, pull over to talk on the phone or wait until you get to your destination to catch your parents up on your day at work so you can focus on the road and those around you.

Tailgating a Car in Front of You Will Make them Drive Faster

In reality, tailgating the car in front of you will most likely cause them to drive slower. Being close to the car in front of you can also cause more damage if they were to stop short. Keep as much space between you and the car in front of you to avoid any issues.

The Left Lane is for Driving Fast

The left lane shouldn’t be driven in unless you are passing someone. You still need to abide by the speed limit in this lane.

Next time you get in your car, make sure to avoid these misconceptions and keep yourself and those around you safe.

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The Importance of Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems (ADAS)

An increasing number of newer model vehicles are starting to include Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems (ADAS) that are intended to increase car safety thanks to a human-machine interface, keeping you and those around you safe. Although drivers are still responsible for safe driving, ADAS are helping avoid road accidents that occur due to human error. The technologies offer features and alert the driver to potential hazards, problems, and help avoid collisions.

How Do Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems Affect the Windshield?

Many Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems require several cameras and sensors in order to alert the driver of potential hazards. Many of which are installed on the upper, inner surface of the windshield or attached on the headliner, which means that they will need to be recalibrated following a windshield replacement. If these systems are calibrated properly, they will not work properly and give inaccurate information to the driver.

What is ADAS Recalibration?

Once a windshield is repaired or replaced, the ADAS cameras and sensors will be reinstalled and recalibrated.

Static Recalibration – Static recalibration requires a target to be mounted in front of the vehicle to assist with the recalibration process and takes roughly 45-minutes.

Dynamic Recalibration – The vehicle is driven for roughly 30-minutes to one hour at a specific speed to reclibrate the systems.

Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, both types of recalibration might be necessary.