The family vehicle should be able to safely transport all of your family. These are 10 important features to have in your family vehicle.
1. High crash test scores
Before purchasing a vehicle, research the vehicle’s crash test scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests vehicles for both front and side impact crashes. The federal agency rates the cars on a five star rating scale.
2. Child safety seat compatibility
Before buying a family vehicle, you need to make sure that your child’s safety seat is compatible with the vehicle. Not all vehicles can comfortably fit a child safety seat. When you test drive the vehicle, test out the child safety seat. Your child should be able to sit comfortably and safely in the vehicle.
3. Advanced frontal airbags
Airbag technology has continued to improve. Advanced frontal airbag systems have sensors that analyze occupant size, seat position, crash severity, and more to determine the level of inflation necessary. This makes airbags more effective. It also reduces the risk of any airbag related injury.
4. Side impact and side curtain airbags
Side-impact airbags are designed to protect passengers during side-impact crashes. If possible, request to have side-impact airbags added to the backseat. Side curtain airbags provide head protection for occupants during side-impact collision. These airbags also can prevent individuals from being ejected from the vehicle.
5. Active head restraints
Whiplash is a common side effect of rear-end collision. Active head restraints can help prevent neck injuries.
6. Stability control
Stability control is a great safety system that is available in many new vehicles. This system uses sensors to sense any possible skidding or rollovers. If it senses any instability, the system applies the brakes to certain wheels to prevent dangerous skidding. Stability control helps drivers maintain control during emergency situations. This feature is especially important for larger vehicles because larger vehicles are more prone to skidding and rollovers.
7. Antilock braking system
This system prevents skidding on slippery surfaces. The system prevents the wheels from locking up and helps drivers remain in control of the vehicle.
8. Tire pressure monitoring system
If you are buying a used vehicle, make sure that the vehicle has a tire pressure monitoring system. Tire flats and blowouts are usually caused by under inflation. A tire pressure monitoring system notifies the driving if the tire is underinflated. If your vehicle does not have a tire pressure monitoring system, make sure to inspect the tire pressure levels once a month.
9. Rear parking sensors
Many of the new larger vehicles have rear parking sensors. Some vehicles even have rear view cameras. Blind spots are a huge issue for large family vehicles. You may not see small children running around behind your vehicle. Rear parking sensors are a great investment. It makes your vehicle safer and is quite useful.
10. Automatic crash notification
Today’s vehicles now have automatic crash notification systems. These systems will notify emergency professionals to come assist you. The system also identifies your location for the authorities. These systems also offer roadside assistance less serious issues like flat tires. This system is a great investment.