Wednesday, 19 February 2014

The Future Of Road Safety?

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Road safety is an ever evolving enterprise with boffins and commerce combining to help save lives in innovative an ingenious new ways. In this post we will take a look at Neil Greig's predictions for the future of motoring safety landmarks. Neil is the head of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and he foresees that by the end of 2014 the following changes will be in place;
  • An introduction of drug limits whilst driving and every Police station capable of testing for 'drug-drivers' using drugalysers.
  • Scotland will change its current 80mg per 100ml alcohol blood content drink drive limit to 50mg. This change will bring it in accordance with the rest of Europe excluding the rest of Britain. With this possible change the rest of the UK will surely follow suit.
Looking further forward and into the next 5 years Neil predicts the following changes;
  • Graduated drivers licenses for new British drivers. This system would be more akin to the current Australian set-up. There drivers go through the following three stages; acquire a learner’s permit, progress to a restricted  license and finally gain receipt of a full driver's license. The earlier stages involve certain restrictions such as no night-time driving.
  • The removal of hard shoulders to allow motorways all-lane running to cope with the increase in traffic.
  • More technical regulations introduced from the EU. Such rulings could involve making E-call emergency buttons in cars and anti-lock brakes on motorcycles mandatory.
And a deep gaze into his crystal ball shows Neil some interesting technological advances. His prophecies for beyond the year 2020 include;
  • The appearance of driver-less cars on UK roads. Currently Induct technology have launched an all-electric self-driving shuttle called Navia at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. With its current price at £170,000 it's too prohibitive for mass sales but like all things that will go down relatively.
  •  The idea of "Platooning" which will involve a lead lorry being driven and a convoy of driver-less HGVs behind.
  • Roadside sensors warning drivers of potential hazards such as ice and bends.
  • Cars fitted with Intelligent Speed Adaptation, to stop them exceeding the local speed limit, preventing up to 33 per cent of urban accidents. 
So the future looks rather safer! But if you're interested in extra vehicle safety now then why not check out our speed limiters & cruise control? For more information visit us today at

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