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USDOT suggests new braking safety standards

Posted On Tue, April 17, 2012

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that it aims to improve safety standards when it comes to braking.

The "Brake Throttle Override," which is the new technology suggested, would help to cut down acceleration that is not intentional, and stop crashes caused by an accelerator that is stuck to the floor of the car. The override would allow the driver to keep control of their vehicle by applying pressure to the brakes as they normally would. If the proposal is enacted, it would be an amendment of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.

"America's drivers should feel confident that anytime they get behind the wheel they can easily maintain control of their vehicles - especially in the event of an emergency," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "By updating our safety standards, we're helping give drivers peace of mind that their brakes will work even if the gas pedal is stuck down while the driver is trying to brake."

There is hope that implementing such technology will have a positive effect on crash statistics, and keep drivers safe on the roads, the report added. The government organization is currently taking feedback from Americans regarding the possibility of implementing the law.

Consumers who have made the extra effort to ensure their vehicle is safe on the road may want to take another step. It could be a good idea to check to see if their auto insurance policy is up to date. By going online and comparing a person's current plan to the plethora of auto insurance quotes available, it is possible to find a plan that is both more sufficient and less expensive.

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