Even the most careful and experienced of drivers in the United Kingdom (UK) can suffer some momentary lapses in concentration behind the steering wheel which affects their driving. If you suffer a lapse in concentration it may be that you find yourself facing a prosecution for careless driving.
The authorities are just concerned for your own and other road users’ safety and advantage because if you continue your carelessness at wheel, you’re definitely heading to a fatal road accident. Be aware that many of these road accidents have been unfortunately caused by nothing more than distracted drivers on the road.
Distracted driving has been caused by anything that diverts the driver’s eyes from the road or your mind from safe driving or your hands from the steering wheel. There are also instances that road accident happens as the driver is reaching into the back seat to get a gadget such as a cell phone.
So, the increased cell phone use and texting whilst behind the wheel has contributed to the many car accidents. Because even a momentary lapse in driving concentration caused by using the device whilst at wheel will already decrease the driver’s ability to react or avoid a hazardous road condition ahead.
So, a technology came to resolve or minimize the problem. According to the company, SensoFoil, there are membrane potentiometers used as voltage dividers consisting of several layers separated by a spacer. The layers have been connected to each other through magnetic or mechanical pressure. Then the pressure sensitive ink creates resistance between the plastic thin layers.
Another possible life-saving use of the technology is designing it for the car steering wheels so that it would be capable to detect how tightly the wheel is being gripped by the driver, consequently identifying when the concentration of the driver is slipping.
Driver’s grip the steering wheel or move his or her hands across it could be detected by the system, and so the absence of such movements suggesting that the driver has become ill of heart failure, etc. or already fallen asleep could be responded immediately.
Because in response to such changes, an alert from the system would be triggered to restore immediately the driver’s concentration or prompt him or her to take a rest.
Then, if you’re a safe and responsible driver, with the thought, appreciation and confidence of the quality, preciseness or perfection of the technology, the fact that you really spent your money for it, then you really have to heed the warning, so you must stop driving and take a rest.
Currently, in Europe, there’s one international manufacturing company, Guttenberg Consulting, that owns the licensing and marketing rights to this hands-on detection system. So, what a good idea that there’s now the better uses of electronics in cars.
So, being a careful and competent driver, you may now consider having this technology in your car even if you think yourself as one of the most skilled and safe drivers in the world. Submitting yourself to a very useful and life-saving technology could manifest your professionalism up in a higher level and thus increasing safety in our roads and motorways.