One of the greatest advancements in vehicle technology over recent years has been the safety sensor. There’s no doubt that these sensors have prevented hundreds and possibly thousands of accidents since they became more common in cars, trucks, and SUVs, and they will prevent many more as the technology advances. However, there are some issues created by the common use of safety sensors – especially when drivers get a little too comfortable with their safety sensors. Luckily, we have the solutions for you.

Relying too heavily on working safety sensors

According to AAA, 80 percent of drivers surveyed in 2018 who owned vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) did not know the technology’s limitations or incorrectly believed that the systems could reliably detect bicycles, pedestrians, and vehicles passing at high speeds. On top of that, “About 25 percent of vehicle owners using forward collision warning or lane departure warning systems reported feeling comfortable engaging in other tasks while driving.

This can be incredibly dangerous even when this technology is working properly for experienced drivers – let alone if the driver’s first vehicle uses ADAS and that tech stops working properly. When drivers rely too heavily on these systems and allow themselves to become distracted, it is a recipe for disaster. These systems are meant to prevent most collisions whenever they can, not drive the car on their own.

What happens if your safety sensors are damaged during a collision?

If a sensor or camera that is used as part of your vehicle’s ADAS system is damaged or calibrated incorrectly, it can be very dangerous. With these systems, the smallest missed detail or calibration mistake can throw the whole system off causing all sorts of issues like applying the brakes when they should not be applied or failing to warn drivers of danger.

While many body shops may say that they can repair this technology, it is best to turn to an A-Class Autobody Shop like Reliable Collision to get the job done right.

While we recommend not being too reliant on your ADAS systems in the first place, these systems have been known to save lives when working properly and they are certainly helpful to have. In fact, AAA has found in a recent study that if installed on all vehicles, ADAS technologies can potentially prevent more than 2.7 million crashes, 1.1 million injuries, and nearly 9,500 deaths each year. This technology is worth the investment, and if it is damaged, it is worth repairing the right way.


If your vehicle uses advanced driver assistance system technology and you find yourself in an accident, make the right choice in collision repair and call Reliable Collision at (401) 823-4770!