Rapid advancements in vehicle technology and increased confidence in those warning lights are signalling decreased interaction with our cars.

Rapid advancements in vehicle technology and increased confidence in those warning lights are signalling decreased interaction with our cars.

According to , a leading technical expert has warned that drivers are in danger of losing their sensitivity to driving conditions and their involvement with the basic workings of a vehicle.

Peter Knivett suggested that previously the combination of using choke, throttle and starter made the driver much more aware of changes in the weather and their effects on vehicle performance. This may have been lost as manufacturers increase the complexity of modern cars and drivers are increasingly insulated from significant factors with potential effects on vehicle safety.”

He also argued that the widespread use of warning lights covering every aspect of a car’s operation means fewer motorists lift the bonnet between services unless a warning light comes on and that could mean a gap of many kilometres before vital fluids or functions are checked.

And while developments such as anti-lock brakes and air bags have saved lives, there is a heavy reliance on electronics at every level of the motoring experience. “From starting the engine to checking the oil, water and tyre pressure, our responsibilities as car drivers can easily be absolved. We place a great responsibility on the ability of the car manufacturer’s electronics’ design department.

Original article from Car