Don’t Miss These Safety Features On Your Next Vehicle
What are your deciding factors when you make the decision to purchase a new car? Usually, money is the number one concern, but safety falls right behind. More than 2 million people are injured in crashed every year. Today, most buyers will not let go of their hard-earned cash unless the majority of the latest safety features are fitted to their new car.
The days when safety features on a car amounted to anti-lock brakes, a few airbags, 3-point seatbelts, and traction control are long gone. Check out the latest safety features that you can’t go without:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Available on the vast majority of new cars today. This system uses sensors and radar to lock onto the car ahead and maintain a safe distance by automatically applying the throttle when acceleration is required and the brakes when traffic starts to slow down. ACC is mostly used by drivers on long highway cruises or when things get sticky in heavy congestion. If it senses a potential collision, the ACC system will brake heavily and tighten the seatbelts.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
This is a feature that more and more drivers are looking for when purchasing a new car. If a car fitted with AEB senses a potential collision, and the driver does not react in time, then the car will start braking for you. IIHS data show rear-end collisions fall by 50% on vehicles with AEB. Responding to an IIHS survey, an Infiniti Q50 owner said, “It is much faster than me reacting to emergency situations. The brakes are already applied before my foot hits the pedal.” However, some drivers complain of the oversensitivity of some systems on rival carmakers.
Lane Departure Warning/Lane Keep
These are actually two different systems. But I will include them under one category here because they both work to keep you in your lane. Lane departure sounds a warning or buzzes your seat or steering wheel to inform that you are crossing the white lines or unintentionally leaving your lane. Lane Keep will gently steer you back into your lane if you drift out of it. When lines are faint or the system has trouble detecting lines, the system can be switched off.
Blind Spot Detection
In driver education, you were told to look over your shoulder and use your mirrors to see what was behind you and in your blind spot. Blind spot detection picks up what you might have missed. Warning you when vehicles are approaching from the rear by shining small orange or yellow lights in your door mirrors.
Rear-view cameras have two main purposes; firstly to give the driver a clear view of what’s behind the vehicle when reversing and, secondly, to protect children and animals from being accidentally hit or run over. These cameras typically use wide-angle lenses to give up to 180-degree backward views.
According to a report from America’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the safest vehicles on the road can be found here: https://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/TSP-List
Next time you are in the market for a new car. Take some time to research safety features and crash test reports to find the vehicle that is right for you.