Canadian Drivers Wary of Safety Technologies

No matter how sophisticated the safety systems, the driver's vigilance and attention are essential. (Photo: Desjardins Group)

Safety technologies are only a benefit if drivers know how to use them.

According to a recent survey released by Desjardins Insurance, nearly half of Canadian drivers think safety technologies pose a risk to road safety. The survey data suggests more needs to be done to ensure drivers not only understand what these features are meant to do, but also what they don’t do.

“While studies clearly show that crash avoidance and other safety systems in newer cars are reducing collisions and saving lives, the survey’s findings are enough to give us pause. They are an important reminder that no matter how sophisticated the safety systems, the driver’s vigilance and attention are essential to ensure safe driving, both for the people in the vehicle and those who share the road with motorists,” said Alain Hade, Vice-President, Marketing and Member Client Experience at Desjardins Insurance.

“It’s important that driver knowledge of safety features and confidence in them is on the rise, particularly as they are exposed to features that are increasingly standard on new vehicles,” said Robyn Robertson, President and CEO of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation. “Caution is warranted in the promotion of safety features and their benefits to ensure Canadians understand the functionality and limitations of them, and to discourage drivers from relying on them in situations for which they were not designed.”

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