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Are Automobile Crash Avoidance Features Worth It?

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WMDT 47 News - We've seen safety features on cars like beeping and cameras for when you're driving in reverse, and even technology to help reduce blind spots, but the newest wave of automobile safety claims to warn drivers and maybe even stop your car before a crash happens, but coming in at thousands of dollars on top of the cost of a new car, the big question is: is it worth it?

Thousands of people die from automobile crashes in the US each year, and while educating drivers is the first line of defense, car makers have begun rolling out new technology to help drivers avoid collision.

The Insurance Institute for Highway safety tested a number of new cars equipped with Collision Avoidance Technology to see if they're not only effective, but worth the money.

David Zuby, Chief Research Officer, Insurance Institute For Highway Safety says, "these systems are in fact helping drivers avoid being in crashes."

The group found warning systems that alert drivers if they're getting too close to another car cut collisions by about seven percent.  if you add in automatic braking systems, that number doubles.

Even if the technology doesn't completely stop a crash, research found it can reduce speed enough to cause less damage, and cut down the cost of a crash.

One instance shows a car going from nearly $30,000 in damage at 25 miles per hour, to less than $6,000  at 12 miles per hour.

AAA officials worry people could become too dependent on the safety tool.

"Motorists need to keep in mind that although the highway loss data institute is reporting a reduction in crashes with these new systems, equipment can still fail," says Christine Sarames Delise.

As of now, only about five to ten percent of new cars are being sold with some of the more advanced safety features.

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety has released its rankings of the best Collision Avoidance Systems, which can be found HERE

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