Advanced Driver Assistance Systems: Keeping You Safe with Technology

Advanced Drive Assistance Systems from Buick Help Keep You Safe

Advanced Drive Assistance Systems from Buick Help Keep You Safe

New car technologies are being produced left and right, making it difficult to keep up with all of the new features that you might find while car shopping. Among these, driver assist technologies are among the most complex systems to recently hit the market, causing many car owners to scratch their heads.

According to CarTech, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) provide drivers with essential information, they automate difficult tasks, increase car safety, and more. These systems have technically been around since the early 1990s; however, there are more of them now than there have ever been before.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control. This feature lets you set a specific speed and distance from the cars around you, and it will automatically slow or speed up in response to the surrounding cars. This is great for tight traffic and on the highway, making it easy to sit back and enjoy driving without fiddling with buttons.
  • Automatic Braking. This pre-crash technology is really designed to reduce the severity of a crash, and is able of detecting imminent collisions and activating the brakes. Though in theory these systems should eliminate accidents altogether, they are really made to reduce damage by slowing the car.
  • Blind Spot Detection. Merging? No problem. This system will let you know whenever someone is in your blind spot.
  • Lane Departure Warning. This lets you know if you start swerving, a great option for people that are on the road a lot. Designed to prevent drowsy drivers from getting into accidents, some brands simulate rumble-strip vibrations to get your attention.

These are just some of the latest driver assist technologies that you might find in the automotive marketplace. Still confused? Talk to our friendly staff at Paul Sur Buick GMC.

Snow Tire Technology: Are Winter Tires Right for You?

Buick Lineup in the Snow
Buick Lineup in the Snow

Buick Lineup in the Snow

With winter on the way, it may be time to consider the snow tire technology that’s available to drivers in the Midwest. If you hate getting stuck in the wintertime or simply want to increase your vehicle’s safety, then it might be time to buy winter tires.

According to Tirerack, most people like to stick with all-season tires because they tend to work fine when it’s snowing. While this is true, it’s important that customers understand the advantages to buying snow-specific tires. Winter tires are made with special compounds to stay flexible in cold temperatures, have deep treads, and feature channels to divert water.

If you do decide to get winter tires, you should always get a set of four, and ask the store or dealer to install them for you (sometimes they’ll do it for free). You should never just get two tires because this leads to dissimilar conditions between the front and back wheels, limiting control.

Finally, one concern for many people is that they’re spending more on winter tires. However, the reality is that your summer tires won’t deteriorate if they’re not on your car, so getting winter tires actually tends to extend the overall tire life. If your tires are made for the road conditions you’re driving in, they last longer. In the long run, you could just save some money.