If youre shopping for a new car, safety features should be on the top of your list of vehicle requirements. Driving can be dangerous. Whether its risky driving conditions, the threat of drunk drivers or pure accidentals having a car with safety features adds an extra insurance or safeguard against any road or driving mishaps. And as technologies advance and improve, so too do safety features. Whether youre buying a new Peugeot or a used Honda safety features should always be considered. Here are some of the latest car safety technologies around that go beyond standard seat belts and air bags.
Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) Cars installed with TPMS will have a warning light on the dashboard that lights up when tires become significantly under inflated so that blow outs can be avoided. All cars manufactured after September 2007 have TPMS. If youd like TPMS in your vehicle and are shopping around for a used Landrover Autel MaxiSys Pro, then look for models made in 2007 and onwards.
Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) ABS prevents the wheels of a car from locking during panicked or emergency breaking. It allows the driver to slow down in a more controlled manner and have a better chance of avoiding an accident Autel Maxidas DS808.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) If you oversteer or over correct your steering wheel while driving, ESC prevents the car from spinning out by applying a braking force to one or more wheels as needed.
Adaptive cruise control/collision mitigation Going beyond traditional cruise control speed maintenance, adaptive cruise control uses sensors and radars to adjust the speed of a car to keep it a safe distance from the car in front, should traffic slow or someone cut in. Once a safe distance has been re-established, the original speed will be picked up without the drivers input.
Dynamic Head Restraints. Headrests can be crucial in preventing whiplash and head injuries in the event of someone driving up the back of you. Dynamic head restraints take it one step further, with new head restraints being designed to deploy automatically in the event of an accident. Often the seatback is also incorporated into the head restraint system, so that both the head and torso are supported in the event of an accident.
Blind-spot detection and side assist. Many new cars now come with the technology to alert you when you are close to a car that may have been in your blind spot or when you are coming precariously close to a vehicle in front of you. Blind spot detection and side assist is especially helpful when parking.
Air bag on/off switches. Air bags are not always safe, especially for small children. Most vehicles, especially two seaters and those with rear airbags, now offer the option to turn air bags on or off depending on who is sitting where in the car.
Car safety features should not be overlooked, so make sure that if youre looking to buy a new car, you know which safety features are available and which ones you would like included in your vehicle.
While some car safety features may raise the price of your vehicle, can you really put a price on safety?