The release of a recent AAA study has brought to light the single most dangerous thing we can do in our cars- back out of a parking space. And unfortunately, all of the latest backup technology can’t always help.
AAA encourages motorists to be more dependent on their driving skills and less so on rear cross-traffic alert systems which may, or may not, notify them every time an object is in their path. The best way to do this, says AAA, is for drivers to back into parking spaces, allowing them to pull forward when leaving the spot, with obstacles more clearly visible.
In a collaborative effort with the Automobile Club of Southern California, AAA tested the effectiveness of rear cross-traffic warning systems of various unspecified vehicles. When traffic is approaching from the sides, these systems notify the driver, visually and audibly, anytime the vehicle is in reverse. The tests, however, indicated inconsistencies in system performances. Read the rest of this entry »