We all want to be as safe as possible on the road. To that end, most modern cars are fitted with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) that help to minimise the likelihood of an accident. These systems monitor road conditions around you and can warn you – or even intervene – if a potentially dangerous situation develops.
ADAS is an umbrella term that covers lots of different systems. They’re often referred to as driver safety features or active safety features. Many have been legally required on new cars since the early 2010s, and more are regularly mandated as legislators try to reduce road casualties. Some manufacturers also fit more features than are legally required to their models, either as standard or as extra-cost options.
It’s worth noting that the biggest factor in staying safe on the road is driving with care and consideration. ADAS features are a safety net, not a substitute for careful driving. Nevertheless, it’s good to know what the various ADAS features are and how they work because you’re very likely to experience their effects in everyday driving. Here are the features you’re most likely to come across.