Spinning our Wheels

Spinning our Wheels is a commuting blog about the challenges of getting around Atlanta by car, bus, MARTA, bicycles and on foot written by transportation reporter David Wickert

My car does what?

New car safety technologies like seat belts, automatic braking systems and electronic stability control saved 614,000 lives last year.

In coming years, features like crash avoidance systems and automated driving will continue to improve road safety. But some features only work when drivers understand how to use them.

That's where a new website developed by the National Safety Council and the University of Iowa comes in. The website, www.mycardoeswhat.org, explains a wide range of safety features such as Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Blind Spot Monitoring, according to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's "Fast Lane" blog posting on Thursday.

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