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COVID-19 Changes Trucking Industry

COVID-19 Changes Trucking Industry

COVID-19 has changed the way we work and operate. While many are being laid-off and many stores are closing, this has not been the case for everyone. While many folks are at home and on lockdown, truckers are still moving back and forth to deliver goods and services to stores. Due to a number of factors, many officials have relaxed standards in order for drivers to do what must be done.

Relaxing on Hour Caps

If you talk to any trucker within the past 2 years, they would tell you that the standard 8-hours make it tough to make deliveries on time. If a truck driver goes over their required hours, then penalties can be placed upon them. If done enough times, then termination can also be a result. With the current issues going on in the US, regulations such as these have been put on hold. The trucking industry faces the challenge of not having enough drivers on the road. This means the ones that are currently working have to work double-time in order to deliver the optimal amount of products. This does not come as a benefit as much as it is a necessity. Still, the ability to do your job without having to worry about legal repercussions of working too long to make the trip is better than being stagnant.

COVID-19 Moves Yearly Inspections To July

Typically, March is the time of year that truckers hate the most. This month signifies that inspectors are in mass and cracking down on the requirements for truck drivers. They typically check for all the required DOT paperwork, the necessary authorities, and registrations, insurance, driver intoxication, driver well-being, and truck maintenance. These have been put on hold during this time of emergency in order to continue to ship goods across the US. For many truck drivers and businesses, this is a relief. Where the industry is already stretching itself thin, to mark people up for minor infractions adds another blow to an already stressed industry. By limiting the already few numbers of truck drivers, inspections will hold off until July.

Higher Wages and Benefits During COVID-19

In order for companies to keep their positions filled, many have offered up higher salaries and benefits packages to new and prospecting drivers. This has caused a slight uptick for those looking to change their career path. Until recently, wages were low and benefits did not meet the demands on those looking for careers. Well, in the realm of supply and demand, the demand is exceptionally high, and the supply is low. Right now, it is the perfect time to become a driver. The more drivers that are on the road, the less strain there is on the industry. Each new driver cuts back the weight that other current drivers hold.

Obtaining New Drivers For many, the career choice isn’t the most glamorous one. But, hey, not every opportunity is. Right now, the trucking industry provides much better wages and benefits than ever before. If you have a CDL license, then maybe its time to get back behind the wheel and help the country continue to move forward in a time of crisis.

Tesla Supercharger: Dominating US

Tesla Supercharger: Dominating US

The Tesla supercharger has wedged its name into the American subculture of electric vehicles. Where other nations and countries have developed other methods for charging, Tesla still seems on track to securing their place in the race for the most optimal electric car.

US Locations

Tesla is a name brand of vehicles. Much like Apple products, they carry their own patented design and all connected devices are patented by Tesla. A power cable for a Tesla cannot fit other EVs and vice versa. This might not be a drawback as much as we like to think due to Tesla’s market control at this current time.

Also, the number of Tesla charging stations is lower than either CCS and CHAdeMO. But with the control of the market in the US, the bulk of Tesla’s 1,200 chargers remains at home. This has allowed many US citizens to cross the country with ease in their electric cars.

Currently, there are Tesla supercharging stations in every major populated area in the US. If you are looking to travel from Boston to Los Angeles, there are Supercharging stations within the mileage of all Tesla vehicles. No matter which route you take, you will find a Tesla charging Station when you need it.

CHAdeMO

CHAdeMO has been in the electric charging game since before Tesla. With their domination of the Asian market including Honda, Toyota, Nissan, as well as many domestic car brands, this form of charging has become one of the most widely utilized charging stations in the world. They currently dominate both European and Asian markets and Tesla even has an adapter for their newer models.

CHAdeMO is the counter to Tesla’s grip over their own cars. Much like Microsoft vs Apple, the two will most likely come down to availability over brand reliability. Where Tesla owners will only be able to purchase Tesla products, CHAdeMO has become a recognized industry standard for most of the automobile industry.

Tesla Supercharge Comes Out On Top

Tesla has made it apparent that they will continue to develop and integrate more effective products for their vehicles. With batteries that can last upwards to 1 million miles planned for the near future, many ask when Tesla will be able to run out of energy. Well, not anytime soon. The automotive industry is now solidified in electric energy thanks to Tesla and its apparent explosive nature. The Tesla supercharger, albeit not as common as its competitive charging stations, still delivers the American market what it needs. The practical use of energy at a reliable location.

With the reliability of being one of the most recognized electric car brands in the world, many have taken them as a sign of effective engineering and reliability. Tesla has been able to withstand the factors that most car companies specialize in. Toyota’s reliability, Ford’s towing capacity, and the power to outpace most cars on the road. These factors have solidified the impression that Tesla is king.

CCS Charging Systems Fight Against Tesla Supercharger

Quick to hit the scene is the combined efforts of European and American auto manufacturers. Companies like BMW, Audi, Ford, and Volkswagen have joined together to develop their own brand of charging ports.

The CCS design is similar to both Tesla and CHAdeMo technologies. The reality of these charging devices comes at the bereft of Apple vs Standard PC’s. The charging methods are the same, heck some might even say that the charging capabilities of each variant are identical, except for the plug itself.

Each variant has its own specific plug that goes to each car. If you buy a Tesla, you need to use the Tesla brand charging station. If you use a BMW or Audi electric vehicle, you will need to use CCS. The same goes for Nissan, Toyota, and Honda. If you were to purchase an electric vehicle for one of these brands you will need to use a CHAdeMO. With CHAdeMO being the most commonly used energy charger in the world, the rest have to play catch-up.

These haven’t been near as widely recognized nor have they been adopted into more traditional sense. Elon Musk’s development of the Supercharger has been to fully outpace the rest.

Love Songs: Best Hits For Valentines Driving

Love Songs: Best Hits For Valentines Driving

Love songs are everywhere. Valentine’s day is a great holiday for those in love. Regardless of any impasse that a couple can come across love can and will continue to prevail. Well, the trucking industry knows a thing or two about love at a distance. That’s is why we dug deep and found some of the best love songs for truckers on the road.

Ann Lee Womack – A Man With 18 Wheels

The song is a cheerful little diddy. It expresses the longing that the singer has for her man who drives an 18-wheeler. Shes just one day away until she’s in the arms of her loved one. She understands that when he comes home from the long haul, he’ll be all hers. That’s the dream, isn’t it? Working hard after a long day’s work (or 10) to come home and have someone there waiting for you. Or understanding the wait until you see your loved one again. Many truckers feel this way on valentine’s day and this love song works perfectly to fit that hole in someone, long-distance heart.

3 Doors Down – I’m Here Without You Baby

This song has been a tried and true classic since it was released in the early 2000s. Everyone from military to travelers has had this playing for them one time or another. It’s all about long-distance love. Many people are away for the holiday and might not return for a while.

“The miles just keep rollin’
As the people leave their way to say hello
I’ve heard this life is overrated
But I hope that it gets better as we go. “

Boy, if that doesn’t ring loud and clear through many truckers’ heads, then I’m not sure what does.

The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

This is a classic. It depicts the dream of every long-distance relationship. We could post a section of the song that hits home with most people on the road, but that would be the entire song. As opposed to a saddened lonely heart, this song actually has quite a great beat to it. It’s uplifting and reassuring that things are okay no matter where these two are in the world. Even if they can’t make it home on time for one reason or another, you can rest assure they’ll walk 500 miles to get you their lover’s doorstep.

Know A Couple Long-Distance Love Songs?

Do you have a song about your love this Valentine’s day? Let us know by putting it in the comments below! Don’t feel alone this holiday and remember that you got someone very special waiting for you when you get home.

AI Trucking: Not Any Time Soon

AI Trucking: Not Any Time Soon

AI trucking has been on the minds of countless businesses and commercial trucking companies. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it will be here anytime soon. With the rise of self-driving vehicles, from Taxi services to actual robots, the thought comes to mind within the trucking industry “when will we turn to full automation?” the answer is that artificial drivers won’t be here for a while.

AI Hasn’t Caught On With Taxi’s Yet

With Google, Uber, Lyft and many others developing new technologies for self-driving cars, each step they take, they seem to have a new list of problems. How does one actually program a driverless car to make the exact and most effective decisions in case of the infinite amount of potential risks and accidents? The answer comes from the Bayesian algorithm. This algorithm is a self-learning system that can be thrown into any computing function. Over time, it will learn its job and predict more effective and optimized solutions. Unfortunately, there are a few stages that AI has to “evolve” in order to be trusted on the road by itself. If it can’t do this for simple city driving, then how can it do this for hauling long heavy cargo across the country?

AI Trucking Won’t Solve the Current Trucking Crisis

The trucking crisis has affected almost every business across the US. With thousands of businesses going under and many large scale businesses reeling back on employment, many have seen AI trucking as a possible savior, unfortunately, this won’t be the case over the next 10 years. This means that sitting idly and hoping for it to just be automated isn’t going to help your business continue to grow in the slightest.

New Avenues for Employment Benefits Have Sprung Up Due to the Crisis

With the trucking crisis in full swing, there have been many looking to fill the increasingly empty roles in many avenues. One major increase is the amount of women truckers across the United States that have opted for better pay and benefits. Many women are moving into the trucking industry because it offers a better living and salary than other positions as well as it offers the freedom to move across the country. We now have an increase in righteous, hard-core trucking women and I don’t see one person complaining about that.

The Safety Issues Without A Driver

The technology just isn’t there yet. It won’t be unless some new big thing comes out to completely replace the improvements that have been made on traditional AI methods. These won’t be able to process the learning power for large scale trucking for another decade or even longer.

Road Rage: How To Avoid It

Road Rage: How To Avoid It

Road rage is something everyone deals with. While on the road, it is easy to find yourself “white-knuckled” on the steering wheel. This can cause major problems with traffic and other drivers. If you lash out, you could face severe penalties, get into a fistfight in the street, or worse. Take these steps to help your driving etiquette improve under tough circumstances.

Get Rest

Do you have to deal with the typical American morning commute? Do you work 14 miles away from your office, but it takes you 45 minutes to get there? Well, a good night’s sleep is a key principle for feeling relaxed on your way to work. Having a full night will make you feel much better and focused. Don’t just rely on coffee to get you where you need to go. Mistakes can happen when you aren’t fully rested, so make sure you get at least 8 hours.

Plan Ahead for Potential Road Rage

There are plenty of driving apps that can give you a live update on traffic conditions. Apps like Waze and Google Maps can help you plan out your commute. Is traffic heavier than usual? Simply select another route. If there are no other routes that are faster, and you have to sit in traffic, then you have to leave earlier. At least you know you have other options.

Listen to Less Aggressive Music

When I first moved to California from New Hampshire, I wasn’t ready for some of the worst traffic in the country and it definitely took some getting used to. I found my frustration and stress were drastically reduced once I changed my commute playlist. Instead of blasting heavy metal, I switched to Italian opera. I enjoy sitting in traffic knowing that I get to blast Andrea Bocelli.

Road Rage: Laugh It Off

Another major downplay for road rage is simply laughing it off. I was cut off by someone on my way home from work one day and as I went around him, I noticed the driver was literally shaving. Needless to say, I was pretty amused and impressed. Can you shave while driving? I can’t. I wonder how good of a job that guy did while stuck in San Diego Traffic.

Tiny Home: Bring Your Home With You

Tiny Home: Bring Your Home With You

A Tiny Home might be the perfect fit for your traveling needs. Millennials witnessed the housing boom just before many graduated from college. Thus the idea of building your own, personal-sized house has caught the eye of many who will not be purchasing a house in the near future. Another advantage is that you can take it with you!

Tiny Homes Provide Freedom

Many people are looking for alternatives to the housing market. Thus, tiny homes have sprung up like crazy. The idea of traveling the country and having your base of operations is a plus! Many are choosing this alternative lifestyle and there are many other options for small living.

A Full Functioning Home That Goes With You

there are a lot of options for people to work remotely. With the advent of the internet, many online retailers and bloggers are switching to tiny homes. Why spend absurd amounts of money on a space roughly equal in size? Also, why spend that money if the neighborhood is bad? Hate winter? Pick up and leave! Its that simple.

The Cost Of Building Outweighs the Cost of Any Other Option

The average cost for a tiny home is approximately $10,000. This provides everything from a kitchen, bathroom, and eating area. You can build one without the kitchen sink and it will only save you. If you want a higher-end model, you can build one, but it will cost more. The amount of money you would save in a year’s worth of low-end rent will still come out to less if you build a tiny home.

More Space Than Van-Life

While others have converted school buses to their new homes, many have chosen to convert sprinter vans as well. These provide adequate traveling accommodations but do not necessarily provide a liveable house. Having a tiny home gives you all the amenities of a house with ease. In some situations, it is actually cheaper to build a tony home than it is to convert a school bus. Plumbing, heating and living space are all factors in why many choose a tiny home over converting a van or school bus.

Build The Home That You Want

If you don’t want your family to think you’re living in a van down by the river, then a tiny home is definitely the right option. You can officially say that you are a home-owner at the Thanksgiving table instead of saying that you live in a school bus. You can build your house in any way that you would like. From a traditional colonial style home to a modern home style, you can have the house of your dreams without breaking the bank.

Backup Light Switch Repairs. How Much Will This Cost You?

Backup Light Switch Repairs. How Much Will This Cost You?

Backup light switch repair costs depend on whether you have an automatic or manual transmission.

If your transmission is a stick shift, the issue can be fixed with a simple backup light switch. The average cost for one of these is approximately $40. It is an extremely easy part to replace and anyone with basic problem-solving skills can fix this in less than a half-hour!

Backup Light Switch

A vehicle that has an automatic transmission is where we have the increase in cost from your mechanic. The switch is still an easy fix! It simply bolts to the outside of the transmission, unfortunately on automatics, the backup switch is connected to the neutral safety switch. This is meant to act as a safety mechanism in order prevent the driver from starting their vehicle outside of park and neutral. The entire mechanism needs to be replaced.

One major issue to watch out for (which can save you time and money) is to simply check the wiring of the switch. Imagine how abhorrent it would be if you replace the whole thing only to find that a mouse chewed through your wiring? Going through all that work would not be in your best interest.

If your wiring is still intact and in good shape, then the ultimate answer falls back to replacing the switch. We can help you find the right products.

Shopping for a New Backup Light Switch

Viewing the cost for a new neutral safety switch can send your heart into your throat. An extra hospital bill isn’t something you want tacked on. Its better to keep it used. With many parts, chances are, a used one will keep you going for far longer than you expect!

It’s easy to find them online or at your local junkyard. With a keen eye, you’ll be able to snag one for far less.

Why Trucking Is The Best Job Ever

Why Trucking Is The Best Job Ever

Many people can only see the downsides of trucking as a career. And, let’s be honest, there are many. You spend time away from home, you drive for hours and hours at a time, you might get lonely and you have to sleep in a small space.

But those who have the luck to call a truck their home and office can see the beauty that comes along with their profession. Driving a truck can be a very rewarding and thriving career. Most truckers can’t think of themselves doing any other job.

If you still have doubts about the perks of trucking, take a look at these!

THE ROAD

The main thing that all truckers love is the road. There is nothing like the openness of nature and that infinite line of black asphalt. Besides, a road is always full of possibilities! You can discover new places, meet new people, try new foods, … The options while on the road are infinite. And when it is only you and the road, the adventure always awaits.

THE VIEWS

Most people spend 8 hours of their day staring into a screen or facing a wall in their tiny office cubicles. But not truck drivers! When you are driving, you can see the whole world through your dashboard. Plus, the everchanging landscape never gets old! Also, truck drivers get to see the stunning sunsets and the dewy dawns.

THE PAY

Let’s be honest, trucking won’t buy you a mansion or three yachts. Nonetheless, you can have a very nice salary if you choose to drive a truck as a career. You have so many different options and can work as an independent contractor or for a specific carrier. Whatever you choose to do, trucking will pay off, literally. You will definitely earn more the average media and will be able to lead a comfortable life. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

THE TIME

Let’s not forget that driving you only need to use your hands and your foot. So, this leaves you able to do so many intellectual things of your choosing. With all the time you spend inside that cabin, you can listen to many albums and songs. You may become an expert in music! You can also catch up on some of your pending readings. Nowadays, most novels have an audiobook version. Some even narrated by famous people. Don’t forget to check Amazon for some amazing deals. You might find The Great Gatsby read out loud by Jake Gyllenhaal.

And remember that you can also use your Bluetooth phone to call some family or friends and catch up with them as well. The options are infinite. And the choice is solely in your hands!

THE FREEDOM

Freedom in a job? That might sound kind of ironic. Except because it is real if you are a truck driver! You get to create your own schedules, choose your desired vacation and drive at your own pace. If you like driving a specific time of the day (or night), you can do it! Or if you want to have a specific meal, you can get it! Do you want to explore an interesting area? You can choose that route! Honestly, driving a truck might be just about one of the jobs out there with more room for freedom. Like, ever.

THE DRIVING

Finally, but most importantly, we can’t forget the driving. If you are a trucker, you probably love to drive. And so do we! Most people try to find jobs that will allow them to do something they love. Some never achieve that goal. Meanwhile, others have to spend years doing something they don’t really like waiting to scale the ladder. Trucking is a career that allows people who love to drive or have a passion for the road, to fulfill their dream from the very first day of employment.

What do you think is the best part of trucking? Do you also love driving a truck as much as we do? Don’t forget to leave your thoughts and comments in the section below!

Parenting While On The Road

Parenting While On The Road

Parenting is never easy. It always comes with a huge responsibility to educate, love and be there for your kids. All of this can be challenging for a regular couple. But what happens when one of the parents is a truck driver and must spend weeks at a time on the road?

Parenting while leading a trucking career can get even more complicated. Since distance really has a strong impact on every relationship, it also profoundly hits your home life. So, if you want to start a family, you should definitely be aware of all the challenges you will have to face as a trucker. Sometimes, taking all the options into consideration and balancing out your priorities can be very helpful.

Some people consider being there for their children their top or unique priority. Some others prefer to try and balance a career with their home life. Both options are equally valid and perfectly respectable. But nonetheless, this is a choice you will have to make when the time comes.

If you are considering having a family while supporting them on a trucker salary, you should also be aware of the wins and loses this will bring into your home. Nothing is impossible, but this will most certainly be very difficult for everyone involved. So, think your options through before settling for a concrete path.

If you have already done so and considered that is worth giving it a try, we have created this list to try and help you manage a trucking career while parenting. Raising a child while on the road won’t be easy but remember that if you are willing to give it your 100% you could make it work!

Chose the moment

Usually, drivers start off doing OTR (Over The Road), also known as long haul. This means you will be gone from your home for several weeks at a time, sometimes even months! This is the regular way to start and you usually need to gather some experience in OTR before you can switch to a local trucking job that will keep you closer to home.

It really depends on each individual, but you should expect to spend from one to two years doing OTR before being able to opt for a local job in trucking. This is a long time if you think about the first two years of a kid’s life.

So, one of the best things you could do is to plan accordingly, so you can either pull those years before you start your family or when your kids are a little bit older. It is very important to stay as close as possible to your kids during their first years of life since they will probably mark the rest of your life-long relationship with them. You want to make sure they develop an emotional connection to you and get to know you before you spend that much time away from them.

Children grow so fast and they change so much during a short period of time. These first few years are also the hardest, and even more, if you are a first-time parent. So, if you are gone for most of this time, you should also be aware that most of the work of raising a baby will fall on your partner. This could also seriously hurt your relationship with your significant other. So, if you care about your family, make sure everyone is in in the decision process and everyone fully understands that these choices will mean long-term.

Explain your job to your kids

Secondly, it is very important to make sure your children understand what you do and why you might be absent from their lives from time to time. They need to feel that you are still there for them and that you are not leaving to scape them, but to fulfill a specific duty.

It is always a great idea to involve your kids in your career while you are at home. You can show them your truck and even take them for a ride, so they can see where their father spends that much time. It is good for them to be familiar with your profession and learn to love and understand it.

Another way to involve your kids can be by letting them help you or watch you while you clean or check on the engine of your truck. You can also show them your route on a map or tell them about the place you are going on your trip. This is a nice way for them to feel part of it and learn about US geography and cities too!

Also, feel free to gift them truck car toys so they can feel a part of that world as well. This will most certainly help create a bond and connection, and your children won’t feel left out of that very important part of your life.

Try to schedule trips around important events

Being a parent also means being with your kids during the important moments and rites of passage that they will remember forever. Being there for them when they most need you, is a must in good parenting.

So, whether it is a birthday or a soccer game, try to always schedule your trips and days away around those marked dates. If your work allows your schedules to be somewhat flexible, try to make it to all the important events in their lives. They might not remember if you weren’t there to help with homework on a Thursday, but they might never forget that you missed their 5th birthday party.

Sometimes you might not feel like it if you have just arrived home after a two-week road trip. But make sure to make that extra effort for them. It will surely pay off long-term.

Keep the parenting going even when you are away

It is important that the role of a parent is not lost while you are away. Your kids must still see you as a figure of authority and learn to follow your instructions and advice.

One way you can do this while you are on the road is to give them special tasks or chores to realize while you are away. You can give them all the specifics you want, like to have it done by a certain time or day. And you can put them in charge of anything at all. It doesn’t need to be something big or important or tough. Just remember that they will feel useful while you are gone and keep them seeing you as a parent figure.

Take into consideration your kid’s ages and level of responsibility and chose a specific task that fits both. Maybe it can be feeding the cat or helping set the table. It may be taking the trash out or tidying their bedrooms. No matter what it is, be clear about it and praise them for doing it once you get back home. They will feel proud of themselves and it will re-enforce your parent-child bond significantly.

Bring them something from wherever you go

One way of making them feel like you thought about them during your absence is to always make sure to bring them something from wherever your job took you. It doesn’t have to be something expensive or important. It can be as easy as a piece of candy, a magnet, a postcard, or a toy.

If you are feeling particularly creative don’t hesitate to choose something specific from the place you went to. Or, at least, tell them how you found it and it made you think of them. They will feel loved and thought of even in the long distances and absences.

And, who knows, they might even surprise you too with something they did or got for you while you were away, like a drawing or a macaroni ashtray. That way, they will also think of you while you are away.

Spend all the time you can with them

When you get home after a long trip, it is completely normal that you feel the need to just climb into bed and sleep for days at a time. Or maybe all you want to do is drink an ice-cold beer on your couch while watching some silly TV show.

Nonetheless, you must remember that every minute you can spend with your family will be priceless. It definitely is worth that extra effort. Maybe you won’t see it at that moment, but you will start noticing the way your family bond strengths through time.

The time your kids will be home and will want to hang out with you is only limited and it won’t last forever. It certainly won’t wait for you to retire or feel like playing and laughing. Time goes by in a blink. Soon your kids will be old, and they will be out there in the world on their own. Use the precious time you have with them to actually be with them! You might spend the next few years so tired and restless, but it will feel like a small sacrifice in comparison to the profits.

Call and talk as much as possible. And do some real talk!

Nowadays and with all the available technology, there is no excuse for you to not call and talk to your kids and family as often as you want to. So, take advantage of these new-era perks and use them to stay in touch with your family.

It is important that your children feel you present in their everyday lives, even if it’s through a phone screen. So, if you can, make sure to call them every night before they go to sleep. This way, you will get a chance to ask them about their day and they will share everything that happened that day. And you won’t lose track of what is going on in their lives: who their friends are, who has a crush on who, why the math teacher is out to get them, which team won at softball, what grade they got in their science project, etc.

It is very important that you get to know your kids, even if it is through a phone call. You need to know their likes and dislikes, their dreams and fears, just as if you were with them at home every day. So, use your call time wisely and don’t waste time with empty chit-chat. Focus on the important things, both for you and for them. That way, even if you are away, you will be an important part of their lives and be up to date in their every-day activities.  

Bring them with you when they are on vacation

Finally, and this suggestion should be taken into consideration depending on each individual’s needs, you could think about taking your kids on a trip with you. It could be a very cool experience for your children to get to experience what one of their parents does on a regular basis. They can better comprehend what it’s like for you to travel in that cabin and the way you see the world through your windshield.

This can also be a cool experience to travel with your family and take them on to discover all the amazing places, cities and landscapes this world has to offer. They will probably have a blast and come back with a million stories and experiences to tell their friends.

Remember that you should consider the length of the trip and the age of your kids before deciding on taking them on a trip with you. But, if you get everything to come together, it will surely be the trip of a lifetime and your children will never forget that amazing experience they lived thanks to their parent’s job.

What did you think of these tips? Do you drive and parent at the same time? How does it work for you? Don’t forget to share some of your tricks with your fellow truckers in the comments section.

Drivers Annoyed by New Safety Technology

Drivers Annoyed by New Safety Technology

Safety technology has gone to a whole new level. While helpful at best, many drivers still feel it to be annoying, and bothersome. Therefore, motorists are disabling systems, and avoiding purchasing new cars that have safety technology installed.

Consequently, this is a major issue for many automakers.

According to Kristin Kolodge, the executive director of driver interaction and human machine interface research, “The technology can’t come across as a nagging parent; no one wants to be continuously told they aren’t driving correctly.”

For example, on average, 23% of drivers with the lane-keeping and centering systems complain about the alerts, deeming them annoying and bothersome.

Not to mention, 61% often disable the system compared to 21% who are fine with the alerts. Also, vehicle owners who want the new safety technology features on future purchases range from 63% who find the alerts annoying to 91% who do not.

As a result, some automakers are constructing their safety technology without being overbearing. According to Kolodge, some brands are good at one feature, and weaker at another, and some are just grappling with both. Consequently, this is the reason one brand has 90% of its customers desiring lane-keeping/centering on their next vehicle, whereas another brand has just 59% of its customers saying the same thing.

A study conducted by the research team discovered that the overall satisfaction with new vehicle safety technology ranges wildly.

Along with the study, data revealed that collision protection technology scored the highest (813) among the six categories measured. Additionally, smartphone mirroring tech came in second (7890), while comfort and convenience (787) came in third. Entertainment and connectivity (782) followed. And, lastly, driving assistance (768), and navigation (744) at the fifth and sixth position.

What are your thoughts on driver safety technology? A bothersome or quite the opposite? Comment below.
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