In-Vehicle Technology: To Use, or Not to Use…
The driver must first familiarize him or herself with how to operate the technology. Features like lane departure monitoring, slow-speed autonomous braking, back-up cameras, and intelligent headlights all attempt to reduce the risk of crashes, but if the driver is not familiar with how these tools operate and their effects, the tools can potentially impact driving performance. Before operating a vehicle, particularly if it is the first time operating the vehicle, it is critical that the driver understand what features the vehicle possesses as well as when it is appropriate to use them.
Drivers should also familiarize themselves with the company's policies on the use of mobile devices and other in-vehicle technology. Different states have different regulations on what is and is not acceptable when it comes to using these technologies, so it is imperative that drivers understand the regulations that apply in the operating area. Remember that while driving, it is always safest to not operate a mobile phone at all.
Safe Usage Tips
Drivers should review and follow these best practices to reduce risks associated with in-vehicle technology:
Safe driving is the responsibility of every driver, and by familiarizing yourself with the available in-vehicle technologies, drivers can help to reduce the likelihood of a collision. Refer to your company protocols and procedures to help guide you on the best practices for the appropriate use of these features. While in-vehicle technologies can certainly provide convenience, they can also help to prevent a collision from occurring when used properly.