Should you opt to use that auto tech? IIHS weighs in.

Auto technology ranges from fairly simple lane assist mechanisms to the more advanced, fully autonomous vehicles of tomorrow. Many of these forms of tech are optional. Not only can driver choose if he or she wants to purchase a vehicle with these advances, but even those that have this technology often have an on/off option.

Should you turn off that lane assist or adaptive cruise control tech on your car? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) dug into this question. The group analyzed employees' use of various auto tech to find the answer.

How did the IIHS conduct its research? The group analyzed data from 51 employees that drove either the 2017 Audi A4, 2017 Audi Q7, 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 Infiniti QX60 or the 2016 Toyota Prius.

What did the group find? Researchers requested the participants keep features, like adaptive cruise control and lane assist, activated for the course of the study. The participants were then asked to complete a questionnaire about their driving experience.

Ultimately, the participants responded in favor of these features.

What does this mean for drivers? It may provide incentive to give new tech a try. If adaptive cruise control or lane assist is useful, it could reduce the risk of an accident.

Unfortunately, even those who operate with care can find themselves the victim of a car accident. In the event of a car crash that lead to serious injuries, it is wise to seek legal counsel. An attorney experienced in car accident and personal injury matters can review your case and help you determine the best course of legal action.

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