Published on February 14th, 2014 | by Jordan

Skill & Judgment Can’t be Replaced by In-Car Technology

In a world of high-tech gadgets, cutting edge gizmos and 24/7 connectivity, CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) recognizes the benefits of vehicle advances that improve road safety.

At the 2014 Canadian International AutoShow (February 14-23), the AutoConnect showcase features advanced connectivity and vehicle safety technologies which can help reduce the severity and frequency of collisions with pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers.

But CAA SCO is warning these new systems – such as blind spot detection, collision warning and braking, as well as lane departure warning – are meant to help a driver and are not intended to replace a driver’s skill and judgment.

“Today, more than ever, there is a need to strike the right balance between driver connectivity and traffic safety,” said Teresa Di Felice, Director of Government and Community Relations and Driver Education, CAA SCO.

“Keeping our roads safe is truly a shared responsibility. Automakers have a role to play and need to ensure proper controls are in place to limit drivers from using distracting built-in features while the car is in motion. Drivers, not only responsible for their own safety but the safety of their passengers, other motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, need to consider their activities and avoid distractions while behind the wheel,” added Di Felice.

That’s why CAA SCO is reminding drivers to focus on the road.

Before you drive:

  • Turn off your smartphone
  • Stow and secure loose objects
  • Pre-set climate control and radio
  • Pre-program your route on GPS

While you are driving:

  • Allow phone calls to go to voicemail
  • Do not text, surf the web or read emails
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke
  • Do not fix hair or apply makeup
  • Keep two hands on the wheel for better control
  • Keep your eyes on the road

In a 2013 CAA Members Matter survey, 96 per cent of those asked support Ontario’s ban on the use of hand-held devices while driving. Meanwhile, 32 per cent believe the fine for distracted driving should be increased and include demerit points. What are your thoughts on the matter? Let us know in the comments section below!

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