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Driver assist technologies: Helping you to stay safe on the roads

Driver assist technologies: Helping you to stay safe on the roads

Cars are becoming increasingly intuitive, adding a range of technologies and systems to help drivers stay safe on the UK's roads. 

These can vary from simple audible alerts to automatic systems that react to the current situation. 

We take a look at some of the best driver assist technologies currently available and what affordable cars they are featured in.

Rear reversing camera

Reversing cameras are becoming more and more common in manufacturers' modern releases. The technology is intended to help out when parking a car, reversing in a tight space, and to make drivers aware of obstacles or moving pedestrians that might be in the rear blind spots. 

Not only will this ensure you don't get scratches or dents when reversing your car, it also increases safety for those inside and outside of the model. 

This technology is featured in models like the multi-award-winning new Nissan Qashqai, with the manufacturer claiming the rear-view camera and other parking sensors make it the 'most parkable car'. 

Drivers can also benefit from the feature in the Peugeot 308 - a hatchback that has received a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP - and the Hyundai Santa Fe - a stunning and well equipped SUV from the South Korean manufacturer. 

City braking

Driving through the city can be difficult at the best of times, with traffic notoriously high and pedestrians walking onto the road at the least expected moments.

Keeping your full attention is therefore vital to avoid an accident or collision, but with so many things going on at once, it's not always easy.

A city braking system helps to detect if you are getting too close to a vehicle and will apply the brakes accordingly. Furthermore, if an unexpected object crosses your path, the system can also be activated to avoid contact. 

This impressive technology can be found in models like the Volkswagen Golf, the Fiat Panda and the Honda Civic Tourer. 

Lane departure warning

On long drives, fatigue and drowsiness can be one of the main causes of an accident, especially when it's late at night. 

Lane departure warning sounds an audible alert when drivers are drifting out of their lane, which could be a result of falling asleep at the wheel. Once this alert is sounded, drivers can assess whether or not to take a rest before continuing on their journey.

The Nissan Note, the Ford Focus and the Mazda CX-5 all include this potentially life-saving feature.