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Driver assistance systems mistaken for self-driving cars

A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that many drivers in Virginia and across the U.S. do not know the limitations of advanced driver assistance systems. Devices like automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning are helping to prevent crashes, yet some drivers fail to realize that ADAS is meant to assist drivers: nothing more nor less.

Advanced auto safety systems can drive up insurance rates

Virginia residents may be surprised to learn that cars equipped with advanced safety systems can actually cost more to insure. Features like automatic braking systems and lane departure warnings may prevent accidents, but they also make cars that do crash more expensive to repair. Insurance companies base their premiums on perceived risks, and the latest car safety features have not been in use long enough for their benefits to be fully understood. However, insurers know exactly how much replacement parts cost.

Trucking companies use technology to reduce distracted driving

Every day, roads in Virginia and around the country are filled with thousands of distracted drivers. These motorists take their eyes off the road to use their cellphones, GPS systems or other types of technologies, endangering themselves and others in the process. In fact, distracted drivers kill at least nine people and injure 100 others on U.S. roads each day on average, according to the National Safety Council.

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