The Latest Cars can NOT Drive Themselves!

If you are feeling drowsy, please don’t trust your car’s gadgets. They are nowhere close to that extent of trust yet…

Overestimating what your latest car can do is a terrifyingly good way to kill yourself or somebody else.

Even driving with one hand off the wheel increases reaction time and reduces a driver’s ability to respond to a sudden crisis such as a front tire blowout, but this driver was way down the ladder from that! (Copyright image, 2019.)

Neither Teslas (see photo) nor other semi-autonomous cars are anywhere near the ability to drive themselves. That’s why they are called semi-autonomous rather than fully-autonomous!

Having a car that uses cameras to monitor lane lines or the shoulder line to keep you in the lane doesn’t work if the lines are worn-out or missing (perhaps due to patches of new asphalt), nor might it work if rain or dirt has partially blocked the lenses of the cameras in question.

If you are feeling drowsy, please don’t trust your car’s gadgets. They are nowhere close to that extent of trust yet, and are not likely to be for many more years than automakers would currently like you to believe!

If you need a nap, find somewhere safe to stop, and do it the old-fashioned way!

The same applies to letting yourself be distracted at the wheel. Please remember that it is not just your own life you are gambling with.

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Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at: http://www.advanceddrivers.com/ceochief-instructors-resumecvbio/

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