This comment prompted this thread So is a driver thinking he is protected by AWS likely to drive in a less defensive way than one with AWS, and therefore be actually more dangerous? Are we too reliant on safety backups so we dont look out for safety, but sit cocooned in a bubble not sufficiently aware for when something unexpected happens? They say people drive less safely because of all the safety stuff (air bags, crumple zones, side impace protection) thinking they are protected. Jeremy Clarkson said driving standards would improve if a large spike was welded to the centre of all steering wheels! And on the mountains, we have an excellent mountain rescue system manned by volunteers. But how many go on the hill ill equipped and have silly accidents, secure in the knowledge that 'they' will come and get them when in difficulty. So is safty equipment actually dangerous? Not knocking the safety guys, just a general discussion.