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Vehicle technology can help prevent accidents

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:58:52 AM

Technology is heavily integrated into driving today, for better or for worse. On the road, drivers have automatic crash alert systems, rear-view cameras and other devices that improve safety, but they also rely on their smartphones even while behind the wheel.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, smartphone use while driving can be connected to an increased risk of a crash. This is especially true for teen drivers. Using a phone can slow reaction times and distract those behind the wheel.

While smartphones can fall under the category of "bad technology" for drivers, there are other devices that prove beneficial. For instance, the rear-view camera has been shown to have the opposite effect - reduce the risk of accidents, according to a study by AAA.

"Rear-view cameras are a great supplement for drivers," said John Nielsen, AAA's managing director of Automotive Engineering. "Cameras don't replace the need to check around your vehicle for obstacles before getting in to back up, but they do dramatically improve rear visibility."

AAA found that blind-zone visibility improved by 46 percent on average with the use of a rear-view camera.

For drivers looking for a new vehicle, using affordable auto financing to choose one with the right technology could be a smart risk management step.