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Should you upgrade to a car with advanced safety features?

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2024 | Personal Injury

New cars come with far more safety options than even a few years ago. The technology continues to advance and is likely to become more accessible with time. If your car lacks these features, you may consider upgrading. Is it a wise investment?

Advanced safety features can certainly be advantageous. For example, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that vehicles containing blind-spot monitoring systems had 14% fewer crashes than those without them.

Crashes can be extremely expensive once you take into account injuries, damage and lost earnings. That means while the technology comes at a cost, it could be worth your investment. However, there are some downsides It’s worth bearing a few of them in mind.

Repairing a car will be more expensive

The AAA found the cost could double in some cases. Could you afford that extra cost? Some people might be tempted to keep driving without making the necessary repairs, which could mean they drive a dangerous vehicle – potentially one that is more dangerous than if they had just kept their old car they could afford to repair.

Some systems require switching on

Some drivers are unaware of this and drive a vehicle without making full use of the safety features they paid for. Others may intentionally turn things off because they find elements, such as beeps, annoying.

Advanced safety features can certainly help – but they are no substitute for careful driving. Unfortunately, some drivers seem to believe that their car will keep them safe, and they take more risks. It can leave those they injure needing to seek compensation. Having legal guidance can help.