Accidents happen for many reasons. Car manufacturers keep developing new safety technology to help drivers avoid accidents.
Automotive Fleet reported that a study showed the use of automated emergency braking on all vehicles could greatly reduce the number of crashes. AEB is a huge help in rear-end crashes, but it also can help in other situations to prevent accidents from occurring.
AEB is a monitoring system that will enact the brakes when it detects a need. The automatic braking technology steps in when the human behind the wheel fails to recognize a hazard. It can greatly help to catch those moments when an inattentive driver needs help to avoid running into a vehicle that has suddenly stopped ahead.
Unfortunately, the study also found that many drivers turn off the AEB function. It cannot do its job when it is not active, so this is a concern. If everyone used the technology available, it would have a huge impact on the number of accidents.
Drivers may turn off the feature because they find it annoying or feel it distracts them. They also may not feel comfortable with it on or feel as if they cannot trust it.
Manufacturers and others interested in safety on the road should find ways to encourage drivers to use AEB. It can save lives. If it is available on your vehicle, make sure you activate it and leave it on as you drive. The chances are you will get used to it in time, and you may even find it will help you to avoid an accident.