Drivers are just realising which cars have bonus button to make your drive smoother & safer… but there are downsides | The Sun

CAR experts have revealed a hidden bonus button that can make your drive smoother and safer.

The futuristic feature lets motorists keep track of a range of useful data, but does come with some downsides.

The button activates a head-up display (HUD), which displays the information usually found on the dash on the windshield or a small screen instead.

This allows drivers to keep their eye on the road while also monitoring everything from their speed to the timing of gear changes.

It also offers extra metrics, like a real-time display showing your distance to the car in front and lane-centering tech.

The system was originally designed for aircraft pilots but is now becoming more common in cars.


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It could even render devices like portable satnavs obsolete as you can map out your route in front of you as you drive.

Though not popularised until recently, HUDs have actually been around for decades.

The first car to feature one, though admittedly a basic version, was the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme back in 1988.

Today, they are fitted to the new Ford Focus and the latest Vauxhall Astra.

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However, there are some downsides to weigh against the benefits.

For example, it could be distracting to have all the different data on your windshield and, if you're involved in an accident, this could be held against you.

The current rules around phone/mobile device use state that any satnav, dashcam or similar gadget must not block your view of the road, so where HUDs fall into this is ambiguous.

If you are found to be driving carelessly while distracted, you can be pulled over and fined up to £200, as well as being given 6 penalty points, on the spot.

In serious cases, you could also be prosecuted, with a potential driving ban and a fine of up to £1,000 possible.

It comes after EV drivers were warned of a hidden problem that could set them back £15,000.

Meanwhile, a motors expert revealed the worst electric cars to invest in.

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