Spirit Rider wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 07, 2019 1:29 pm
Advanced warning systems for incompetent drivers have increasing been available over the last ten years. Advanced Driver Assistance and Automated Safety Features have increasing been available over the last five years.
While these latter two are are probably useful for mature drivers, especially those with inferior driving kills. They are really all compensation for driving awareness failures.I continue to believe that the last thing an inexperience driver needs is a crutch to be even more blissfully ignorant of their situational awareness. One purpose of teenage driving is for them to learn how to be good drivers and yes, even have that fender bender or two. This hopefully makes them become aware of their own mortality and the fact that they are driving a two ton missile.
"for inferior driving [skills]"
i.e., Like a 16-17 year old driver?
You'd rather your kid get in an accident (it'll teach 'em a lesson), rather than avoid said accident due to an auto-brake system? I strongly disagree with you there. Perhaps they won't learn the lesson, because they'll be dead.
FWIW, I've driven our kids' Honda that has the ABS. It doesn't go off willy-nilly. The first step is a warning beep. Yes, it generates some false positives, but getting an annoying beep is also a bit of a reminder to drive/brake a little bit more safely, not, in my opinion, to drive recklessly and be saved by the beeps. I've never actually triggered the automatic braking that I know of. I would presume that if I was to be coming at a car/obstacle hard enough to trigger it, and I wasn't pressing the brakes myself, I'd be glad the car was doing it for me.
Yes, driver skill, habits, and awareness are quite important. But these "driving aids are only for idiots" type comments, that seem to recur in threads like this, suggest that those making that position are perfect drivers, every time, all the time, and so are their 16 year old kids and everybody else who ever gets behind the wheel in their vehicle. I suspect that the reality is not so perfect.