Winter Driving: Using New Car Technology to Steer You in The Right Direction
It's estimated seven people die and more than 600 people are injured on the roads during the winter. In fact, winter weather, especially icing, can kill twice as many people every year as tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, and severe storms combined. So, it's a good thing cars are getting smarter by the year.
Really, the new technology in your car could mean the difference of life and death. The anti-lock braking system, or ABS, helps prevent your wheels from locking up and allows you a better chance to steer to safety. Meantime, traction control, or TC, allows you to accelerate more safely on slippery surfaces like snow and ice. Electronic stability control, or ESC, is required in all new vehicles and prevents fishtails and spinouts. Make sure to keep backup camera lenses clean. The experts say 200 deaths happen and thousands of injuries occur each year because of backup incidents. Now, there are also adaptive headlights, dependent on the particular weather situation.
Of course, also remember when driving, keep the eye on the road and not on your smartphone. Hands free devices are a safe option as well.