ESTONIA: LKF: For the first time, driver assistance systems have a positive impact on damage to passenger vehicles

31 August 2023 — Marina MAGNAVAL
In 1H2023, 16,900 traffic insurance events took place in Estonia, of which 12,300 or 73% were caused by passenger vehicles.

According to the analysis of the Estonian Traffic Insurance Fund (LKF), in the last three years, the frequency of damage to newer passenger vehicles is lower for the first time than to vehicles over five years old. The experts believe that this indicates a positive impact of driver assistance systems on road safety.

According to Ulli Reimets, head of damage prevention at LKF, new passenger vehicles have been equipped with various driver assistance systems for about ten years. "Initially, traffic insurance statistics did not show the effect of driver assistance systems on road safety, the damage frequency of newer vehicles was higher than older vehicles for years. Now, for the first time, we can confirm that driving newer vehicles is safer", he said.

According to Reimets, however, it is worrying that in the last five years, the number of cases of damage to road facilities, buildings, fuel tankers and other things caused by newer passenger vehicles has increased by 57%, which, as he pointed out, is mainly due to drivers’ negligence.