Many modern cars come with new safety features. These safety features make driving easier and much safer. Here are the top 10 safety features you should have in your car.
1. Electronic Stability Control
Electronic Stability control helps drivers maintain control. It compares steering and braking inputs with the car’s lateral acceleration, individual wheel speeds, and rotation. The brake is automatically applied to help balance the vehicle. This safety feature is important for reducing skidding. All new 2012 models are required to be equipped with this safety feature.
2. GPS System
Navigation systems make traveling more efficient and safer. Drivers no longer have to struggle with looking at a map while driving. The GPS will direct the driver turn by turn and will reroute if necessary.
3. Rearview Cameras
Rearview cameras make backing up and parking much easier. The vehicle issues a warning if there are any obstacles in the way. Certain vehicles have the whole rearview camera feed displayed on the dashboard. There are also cars now that have blind spot detection. These safety features make merging, parking, and driving much safer.
4. Tire pressure monitor
Since 2008, all new vehicles include a tire-pressure monitoring system. This system uses sensors to provide the driver with information on tire inflation. This prevents tires from underinflated. Underinflated tires are the main cause of tire blowouts.
5. Hands Free/blue tooth
Mobile use while driving is incredibly distracting and dangerous. Many new cars now include blue tooth hands-free systems. This system allows you to call and talk on the phone while still focusing on the road. You can use voice commands to make and answer calls.
6. Voice activation
There are many distractions while driving. Changing a radio station or the temperature of the car is not only distracting but potentially dangerous. Many vehicles now have voice activation. The driver can use voice activation to enter destinations into a navigation system, change the radio, and more. Voice activation allows the driver to control the car without lifting a hand from the wheel.
7. Rollover protection
Many new cars have rollover protection. Different cars offer different rollover protection. Some cars include additional airbags. Certain cars have external rollover protection structures that lessen the force of the rollover.
Airbags have evolved and improved over time. Currently, many vehicles offer multiple airbags. Dual stage airbags are required in all passenger cars and light trucks made after September 2006. Side airbags are also very important. These airbags greatly reduce injuries. All airbags are incredibly important for protecting the driver and passengers.
9. Brake assist
Brake assist technology is very important in emergency situations. Sensors detect can detect panic braking. When the sensors sense this type of braking, brake assist applies a brake boost. This will make the car brake faster.
10. Adaptive headlights
This is a feature found in mostly luxury cars, but it will probably trickle down into more affordable mainstream cars. This technology adjusts headlights to the direction that the steering wheel is turned. It illuminates the way more efficiently for drivers trying to change lanes or turn.
These safety features make driving much safer and easier. If you are shopping for a new vehicle, you should include adding these feature if the car does not already have them. These features can help prevent car accidents.