Driver crashes new car trying to “figure out cruise control”

Owner didn't understand Volvo's advanced driver assistance system and crashed hours after picking up keys

Driver crashes new car trying to “figure out cruise control”

A driver of a brand-new Volvo was left red-faced when he smashed into the back of a lorry while trying to “figure out cruise control”, police say.

The driver had been looking down at the buttons on the steering wheel and failed to notice the slow moving traffic ahead on the A30 in Devon.

Police said the car had been travelling at the national speed limit on the dual carriageway of 70mph and that the driver was unaware that the Volvo’s advanced driver assistance system, which is designed to help the drivers avoid low-speed collisions when driving in slow-moving traffic, only works up to speeds of 35mph.

Devon and Cornwall Police added on Twitter: “The moral of the story is read your handbook.”

No-one was hurt in the crash.

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    Steph Savill

    I have some sympathy for the driver. If only new car handovers covered this sort of thing. And if only owner handbooks were easier to read and understand. Both these areas can be improved upon and it’s not just Volvo of course.

    #152507 Reply

    Hi Steph, thanks for your comment. I’d have to agree that handbooks certainly don’t make for light reading. This story reminded me of the many people that will have bought a diesel car without having acknowledged the advice when it comes to the DPF. These consumers too fell foul of not reading the handbook, so it’s certainly not uncommon.

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    Philip Dunmore

    Drivers also need to take responsibility.

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