Advanced driver-assistance systems: keeping you safe on winter roads

Cars are becoming increasingly sophisticated and safe. In fact, there are several new advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that could help you avoid a collision when driving in winter. To help you learn more, the team at OCTO has put together this article. Here’s everything you need to know.

Types of driver-assistance systems

Here’s an overview of some of the most common driver-assistance systems available on various car makes and models:

  • Automatic emergency braking (AEB)
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC)
  • Blind spot warning (BSW)
  • Lane departure warning (LDW)
  • Lane-keeping assist (LKA)
  • Object detection
  • Parking assistance
  • Speed control
  • Traction control

Advanced driver-assistance systems are no longer reserved for luxury vehicles, which is good news. Statistics show that these systems significantly reduce the number of collisions, property damage and injuries. They are so effective that emergency braking systems will come standard on all new vehicles as of 2022.

How these systems are useful in winter

Winter roads can be treacherous. Therefore, it’s important to keep a safe following distance and reduce your speed, especially when visibility is reduced. ADAS help drivers stay in their lane and avoid accidents, they literally help save lives. For example, traction control is particularly useful on slippery roads, as it allows your car’s wheels to regain their grip more quickly.


ADAS aren’t infallible. Experts warn that some drivers may rely too heavily on their vehicle’s advanced driver-assistance system, which could lead to inattention. In fact, driving a vehicle with multiple electronic devices can be distracting to certain drivers.

Therefore, it’s important to keep your eyes on the road and familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s electronic systems to recognize any audible and visual alerts. In addition, you should always adapt your driving style to the weather conditions, regardless of whether you have a driver-assistance system or not.

Your OCTO Auto Service Plus family mechanic advises you to use extreme caution this winter

Whether you have a brand-new car or one that’s several years old, you must always be careful when driving, especially on icy and snowy roads. If you need maintenance or repairs on your vehicle, make an appointment at your nearest OCTO Auto Service Plus mechanic.

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