Whether you manage a fleet, drive professionally or simply drive to meet with clients or visit worksites, the my car does what? website takes the mystery out of all the new vehicle-safety technologies now available for cars and trucks. You will want to bookmark the site and visit it regularly.
It contains videos of 36 different technologies that demonstrate exactly what each feature does, the technology behind it and tips on how to use it. More videos are being added all the time as new technologies are developed.
Benefits of using my car does what? website
Supervisors of those who drive for work can use some of the videos in tailgate talks or safety meetings to stimulate discussion and make sure workers know how to use the safety features properly.
When choosing new fleet vehicles, employers can identify what’s causing their incidents and near misses and use the website to determine which technologies might best address their specific safety issues.
For example, many employers cite backing up as one of the biggest contributors to crashes in their workplace. Even if it doesn’t cause worker injuries, repairing damaged vehicles can quickly drain maintenance budgets. If this is the case for you, selecting vehicles with backup cameras may improve your safety performance and your bottom line.
Tool to identify standard and add-on options
Another handy tool for those looking to upgrade their fleets is the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash avoidance features by make and model. It will let you browse through the range of features available by vehicle make, model and year to understand what comes standard and what is an add-on option.
Closer to home, ICBC offers information to help you choose, purchase and insure a safer vehicle.
Transport Canada also lists explanations for many new vehicle technologies on its website.
Given that more than 90 per cent of crashes are caused by driver error, better understanding and properly using new technologies designed to reduce driver error has the potential to improve your organization’s road safety performance.