The use of technology aids such as parking sensors has led to a 25% reduction in reported incidents across the Arval fleet in the last two years.
ABS brakes, parking sensors and airbags are common on new vehicles and have a positive impact on accident reduction.
However, despite these aids, the importance of adopting good driving habits should not be underestimated according to Tracey Scarr, fleet and road safety manager at Arval.
She warns that drivers could be lulled into a false sense of security when it comes to safe driving practice if they become too reliant on technology.
“We welcome the continuing development of safety-driven vehicle technologies to assist drivers,” explained Scarr. “From seat-belts through to crumple zones, airbags and now advanced driver assistance systems, the benefits are proven.
“However, technology is just one side of the coin and the driver must not get lazy, relying upon such assistance alone to keep him/her safe and accident free. It is imperative that good driving skills and habits continue to be promoted and encouraged and instances of bad driving highlighted and corrected.”
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