As vehicle technology increases, how do you ensure your drivers knowledge keeps up also?
When advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are used correctly, they are literally a life safer. However, drivers should be aware of these features as some can be switched off by mistake.
ADAS features include adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking systems, lane keeping assist and driver monitoring for drowsiness and distraction recognition. Many of these features will become mandatory in new vehicles from July 2022.
But a recent FIA report says awareness and understanding of these systems is generally low among drivers – and most do not receive any training.
Instead, drivers turn to the user manual and apply a ‘trial-and-error’ method. This clearly could have potentially worrying consequences for all road users.
Make time for ADAS awareness.
Vehicle manufacturers, dealers and leasing companies have been urged to ensure drivers taking new vehicles are given education when vehicles are supplied.
“It is essential that fleet managers take some responsibility on educating drivers in the best use of technology. As cars become more like mobile computers, understanding the benefits of ADAS is essential.”
The FIA report, also calls for a comprehensive explanation to end-users of the systems’ limitations, more consistently accurate functioning of ADAS in practice. Also, the introduction of fail-safe communications to alert users if any of the systems fail is suggested.
A recent study found that 41% of drivers intentionally switch off safety systems such as autonomous emergency braking or lane deviation warning whilst driving. It also reveals there is still a lack of knowledge and awareness about how to properly use and maintain the systems.
And a total of 55% of drivers were unaware that the cameras and sensors that underpin ADAS systems need to be recalibrated when the windscreen is replaced. Also, 52% didn’t know that body repair work also requires recalibration of such systems.
When asked, two-thirds (67%) of drivers agreed that more education is needed around the importance of ensuring this technology is properly maintained.
Driver education is key. For example, when ABS was introduced, drivers had to be educated that when braking hard, you should also steer around the object in view. Thankfully, you cannot switch off ABS.
Carrying out a vehicle handover and end of contract check is quite normal but additional ADAS awareness can be covered in a few minutes. This will help to highlight the life saving driver safety technology that everyone needs to know about.