Like about half of all drivers, I turned off an important, though irritating, safety feature in my car this weekend.
The incessant beeping of the lane-departure warning system routinely woke up my sleeping family as I drove home from a downtown event on Sunday. The shrill, fast series of beeps emanating from my Subaru is supposed to alert the driver that he or she is drifting outside of the lane, but somehow, on this drive, the system was picking up ruts in the highway instead of the painted lane markings and chirping in short bursts every 15 seconds.
I figured I had lived without the warning system for the first 20 years of my driving life, so I could probably make it the last few miles home without one.
And I did, with the family sleeping peacefully.
Timing is a funny thing, though, because the next day CNN published an article about how many crashes such systems have prevented and then warned against ever turning it off. Continue reading >>>