Keeping Major Highways Safer with Modern Technology

From minor fender benders to severe accidents, there are millions of accidents (many which may go unreported) every year on major highways. The majority of accidents are a result of human error, such as distracted driving, driving too fast, and drunk driving.

From minor fender benders to severe accidents, there are millions of accidents (many which may go unreported) every year on major highways. The majority of accidents are a result of human error, such as distracted driving, driving too fast, and drunk driving.

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30 percent of fatal accidents involve an intoxicated driver while another 30 percent are due to reckless drivers.

While legislative changes have made an impact in reducing the amount of fatal accidents, technology also plays an important role in reducing accidents and improving the safety of some of our busiest roadways. Here’s a closer look at how technology is impacting roadway safety.

Safety Technology in Vehicles

Every year, more vehicles are manufactured with safety features that are designed to reduce the number of accidents and the severity of injuries when an accident occurs. Tech features like lane departure warning or lane keeping assist prevent drivers from swerving in and out of lanes or having a head-on collision.

Forward collision warning, rear braking assistance, or even adaptive cruise control can play a significant role in preventing collisions from occurring at all. While some safety features will correct a detected issue, such as bringing the vehicle to a complete stop, most technology requires drivers to respond and correct the driving error. 

If there is an intoxicated driver behind the wheel, the safety technology may only be able to do so much in preventing an accident.

As car manufacturers continue to improve the design of vehicles and technology, it may not be long until we see more cars on the road that can actually detect traces of alcohol in the driver’s skin. 

Nissan has been working on a vehicle that will not operate if sensors detect traces of alcohol in the perspiration of the driver’s hand. While this technology works similar to an ignition interlock system and is not fool-proof, it could greatly improve the safety of our roadways.

Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) is also similar technology to prevent drunk drivers from operating their vehicle after drinking.

Other Technology That Keeps Our Roads Safer

Aside from technology advancements in the automotive industry, apps and other tech features have helped to reduce accidents and make roads safer overall.

There are dozens of apps and online tools that are designed to help you calculate your blood alcohol concentration (BAC). This BAC calculator not only helps you determine what your BAC might be, but it gives you the breakdown of what you can expect at different BAC levels and what’s considered “one drink” (such as a beer or wine).

As more drivers are pledging to avoid getting behind the wheel of their car after an evening of drinking, rideshare apps are also increasingly popular and help to keep roads safer.

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Author: Matt Rhoney