In­creas­ing road safety with cost-ef­fec­tive tech­nol­ogy

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Driv­ing con­di­tions have dras­ti­cally changed in re­cent years, and thanks to the rise of cell phones and smart de­vices there are more dis­tracted driv­ers on the road than ever be­fore. In fact, the Na­tional Safety Coun­cil re­ports that 1.6 mil­lion crashes each year are a di­rect re­sult of cell phone use while driv­ing.

So what steps can you take now to pre­vent your fam­ily from be­com­ing an­other ac­ci­dent statis­tic?

For­ward col­li­sion warn­ing and lane de­par­ture warn­ing tech­nol­ogy can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween an av­er­age com­mute and a tragedy on the high­way. The sys­tems use radar tech­nol­ogy to de­tect if you get too close to an ob­sta­cle or an­other ve­hi­cle, which sig­nals the sys­tem to sound an alarm — pro­vid­ing up to 5 sec­onds of ex­tra re­ac­tion time. That may not seem like much, but imag­ine how far you can go in five sec­onds when speed­ing down the free­way at 60 mph.

This tech­nol­ogy isn’t just avail­able in new lux­ury cars. You can get it in­stalled af­ter­mar­ket in your cur­rent ve­hi­cle at a frac­tion of the cost.

Safe Drive Sys­tems is lead­ing the charge in help­ing driv­ers pro­tect them­selves and their fam­i­lies on the road by pro­vid­ing af­ford­able for­ward col­li­sion and lane de­par­ture tech­nol­ogy that can be outfitted into al­most any car.

Here are just a few ways that col­li­sion avoid­ance sys- tems can save you money in the short- and long-term while keep­ing you safe:

• Don’t wait for manda­tory col­li­sion-avoid­ance tech­nol­ogy. Govern­ment and consumer ad­vo­cacy groups are at­tempt­ing to make for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing tech­nol­ogy manda­tory in all new cars by 2022. How­ever, you don’t need to wait to pro­tect your fam­ily — the tech­nol­ogy is avail­able now. This po­ten­tially life-sav­ing up­grade is avail­able to all con­sumers, and get­ting it in­stalled in your ve­hi­cle can pro­vide you and your fam­ily a safer driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence years be­fore the auto deal­ers will be­gin man­u­fac­tur­ing the tech­nol­ogy in stan­dard mod­els — at a higher price point.

• Up­grade your safety fea­tures with­out buy­ing a new car. Most man­u­fac­tur­ers and deal­er­ships won’t add col­li­sion avoid­ance tech­nol­ogy to a car that’s al­ready been pur­chased. How­ever, you don’t have to buy an ex­pen­sive car to be safer on the road. Driv­ers need to be aware of cost-ef­fec­tive af­ter­mar­ket so­lu­tions that can be in­stalled in al­most any au­to­mo­bile. This tech­nol­ogy can add up to $4,000 to the price of a new car from the man­u­fac­turer, but con­sumers can in­stall it in their cur­rent ve­hi­cle for half that cost. And with some af­ter­mar­ket ven­dors of­fer­ing in­ter­est-free fi­nanc­ing, mak­ing it even more af­ford­able, there is no need to wait for the govern­ment man­date or pur­chase a brand new ve­hi­cle.

• Re­duce ac­ci­dents and pre­vent hikes on in­surance pre­mi­ums. When driv­ers get into a car ac­ci­dent, they can of­ten ex­pect to pay thou­sands in in­surance sur­charges and fees over time on top of re­pair costs. Avoid th­ese costs by re­ly­ing on tech­nol­ogy that as­sures a re­duc­tion in ac­ci­dents. Some col­li­sion-avoid­ance ven­dors are even will­ing to pay up to 50 per­cent of your in­surance de­ductible if an ac­ci­dent should oc­cur.

You’re not just sur­rounded by other driv­ers when you’re on the road, you’re sur­rounded by text mes­sages, tweets and apps too. With 80 per­cent of to­day’s car ac­ci­dents caused by driver inat­ten­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion, there’s no rea­son for wait­ing to take nec­es­sary and cost-ef­fec­tive steps to make your car safer.

For more in­for­ma­tion and tips on how to make your ve­hi­cle safer and re­duce ac­ci­dents, call 855-826-4234 or go to safedrivesys­tems.com.

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