Almost six weeks after the RAC Foundation and FIA Foundation revealed the UK’s poor position on the use of lifesaving Esafety equipment in vehicles, DfT research has confirmed that Electronic Stablility Control technology could cut road deaths up to a quarter.
The research found that vehicles equipped with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) are 25% less likely to be involved in a fatal accident than those without it. If every vehicle were fitted with ESC it would equate to approximately 380 fewer fatal accidents each year. The technology is patricularly effective in helping to prevent crashes that involve a vehicle skidding or overturning and has the potential to reduce these serious accident by up to 59%. The technology itself automatically controls the vehicle by comparing the driver’s steering and braking actions to what is actually happening. On-board sensors measure the speed, steering wheel angle, direction of travel and acceleration of the vehicle.
This is the first study of its kind to analyse the impact of ESC on UK roads. Studies in other countries have found the technology to be very effective and as the RAC Foundation revealed on the 8th May, the UK car fleet is not benefiting from this technology as much as its European neighbours. Heres hoping these findings from the Loughborough University Vehicle Safety Research Centre (VSRC) help push the fitting of ESC up the priority list for vehicles brought in the UK.