The quest to improve automobile safety is a never-ending one. There are really two main fronts that safety advocates have to work with when it comes to attempting to reduce

car accidents

: the behavior of drivers and improving vehicles themselves.

 

It’s probably too early to say that appealing to drivers to change their behavior behind the wheel is a failed strategy, but it’s not as easy as many would hope. Trying to get people to stop texting while driving is going to be a tough task, especially when mobile technology is so ubiquitous and convenient.

So, rather than trying to eliminate a behavior that is probably impossible to eliminate, making cars safer could lead to a reduction in accidents. One way is to increase the use of connected-vehicle technology. This involves cars, passenger trucks, SUVs and other types of vehicles sending out signals to other vehicles on the road to advise them of their location. The vehicles use this information to calculate safe distances between one another on the road — and could eventually get out of the way of a potential crash, even without the intervention of the driver.

The average motorist doesn’t know much about this technology yet. However, the ones who are familiar with it believe that it will lead to safer, more fuel-efficient driving, according to a University of Michigan study.

Anything that can effectively reduce the number of crashes on Pennsylvania roads would be welcome technology indeed. It may take several years for connected-vehicle technology to make a significant impact on highway safety, however.

Source: Automotive News, ”

Most drivers believe connected-car tech will improve safety, survey says

,” Andrew Thurlow, April 11, 2014