A few months ago I bought a "new" car – new for me, but with a few years.
One of the things that amazed me – and one of the things that actually made the car attractive – was the amount of technology or equipment that was available with that particular car model – inside and out.
Four months later, I still don't know how extensive the technology of the car is, which is why I haven't used most of it.
When I turn on the car, which is done with a push button instead of a key, something that I only get used to after a while, I feel like I'm in a spaceship and lights are flashing everywhere – in the center console, on the Media screen and on the inner dashboard that gives me all the information I can about the car.
Most cars are now also equipped with driver assistance technology, from warning of blind spots and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection to cars that practically drive themselves.
While this is certainly helpful to make the driving experience more exciting and, in many cases, more efficient, it also harbors some dangers, since most cars have all the aids available.
Just because you have these assistants, you can't give up your vigilance or focus on the street. And of course you should be well informed about what your car has and how to use it properly.
According to a study by the American Automobile Association (AAA), two systems in particular – cruise control and lane departure warning systems – are causes of distracted driving.
Therefore, the organization gives the following advice to drivers:
• Read: Read the owner's manual to find out which systems are installed in your vehicle.
• See it in action: Insist on a demonstration in the vehicle and a test drive to better understand how the systems behave on the road.
• Ask questions: Before leaving the dealer, ask numerous questions about warnings, functions, functions and restrictions of the vehicle's safety technologies. For example, ask if there are scenarios where technology on the street is not working properly.
So know your car in and out, stay alert and keep it safe, as always!
Weekly traffic reportInformation from the transportation departments in West Virginia and Maryland.
• Rock Cliff Drive is reduced to a lane controlled by temporary traffic signals at the bridge over I-81. The project is expected to be completed in June.
• Road widening projects continue north on I-81 from Mile Marker 7.0 to Mile Marker 12.0. and from Mile Marker 12.0 south to Mile Marker 7.0. One of two lanes leading to the south is blocked. Be ready to stop and watch out for workers in the area as well as reduced speed limits.
• Maintenance work, including road and shoulder loops, on both sides of the US-340 from the Virginia State Line to the Maryland State Line will continue until further notice.
• In Maryland 144 West between MP 4.77 and 3.75, the lanes to the west and the shoulders are closed.
• In the USA 11 in Washington County (MP 0.75 to 1.46), the lanes are closed to the south and the shoulders are closed. From MP 0.17 to 0.34 the lanes are blocked in the north direction.