Long gone are the days when you had to hand crank your windows, manually adjust your seats, or rely on only one side-view mirror. Cars now come packed with technology that even a decade ago would have seemed only possible in science fiction. We now have cars that brake for us, that warn us if there is a vehicle in our blindspot, and can even parallel park themselves.

But is there a downside to all this new automotive technology? Pat Goss explains why all these wonderful gadgets could actually be making us “dumb and dangerous drivers.”

So, even if your car should warn you of possible danger, make sure to check over your shoulder before changing lanes. It could very well save your life.

You have questions, Pat Goss has answers.

I love all the new safety features on my car but my friend says they are making us too reliant on technology. Are these new features good or bad for drivers?

Modern cars have a wide array of electronic devices that sometimes are standard, sometimes they’re optional, that can actually help prevent accidents. There are things like blind spot warning systems and lane maintaining systems and braking systems that will brake the car automatically if there’s a vehicle ahead of you. Well, the problem with all of these is that under certain circumstances they could save your life, but there is one absolute rule with them: you do not rely on them as your primary source of information or reaction to situations. You still, no matter how many of these devices are on your car, you still have to be a driver. You have to maintain control. You have to use your brain. If you rely on these safety features too much they make you a dumb and dangerous driver.