Safety Advances in New Cars

car-safety-ratingsThere are a lot of safety features that are available in new cars these days. Some of them are automatically included and others are offered as upgraded options.  We’ve listed some of the most common new safety advances that you can find in some new cars today.

With accidents being so common these days and in many cases getting worse, having these excellent safety advances in your new car can add a lot of reassurance. It doesn’t replace safe driving and is not meant to, but it can aid a safe driver and prevent many accidental mistakes that can be made.

  • Forward Collision Avoidance System – this feature uses forward looking sensors to give the driver auditory or visual alerts when the vehicle gets too close to the car in front of you. They are good for helping reduce the amount of rear end collisions that happen.
  • Adaptive Headlights – The Highway Loss Data Institute did research concerning these innovative lights which allow the driver to see better when they are going around any curves. Property liability claims were reported to be down by up to 10% when cars were using these headlights.
  • Backup Cameras – This feature used to be available on in high end luxury cars but not anymore. Now they can be an option on midrange vehicles to give drivers help and assurance that nothing is behind them when they are backing out of the driveway or backing up in general. With the alarming rate of children that have been accidentally backed over, this is a feature well worth having if there are a lot of children in your neighborhood or you have children of your own.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control – By utilizing forward looking sensors and cameras, the distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you is watched and measured. The system will automatically slow you down in traffic to make sure you are staying at a safe distance. You don’t even have to brake, it’s done for you. As the traffic speeds up again, your car automatically accelerates to maintain a speed that has been preset.  This feature helps reduce rear end collisions.
  • Back up Sensors – Reverse – You can use this feature with or without a camera. The reverse back up sensors will beep if you’re about to back into something. A camera adds even more to this feature because you can actually see what is there.
  • Parking Assist – there are a lot of models of vehicles that offer parking assistance to get into nerve wracking parking spaces. This feature will detect the size of a parallel parking space and then guides you into the starting position. Once you get it started, you can take your hands off the wheel and the vehicle will automatically back into the space on its own with the computer guiding the way.
  • Sideview Assist – This is a great feature for vehicles that have a wicked blind spot. The sensors that this feature uses will detect if there is a car in your blind spot. It alerts you with a light in the side mirror or will beep if you turn on your turn signal to move into that lane.

These are just a few of the safety advances that have been made when it comes to making vehicles a safer place to be.  None of these features are meant to compensate for poor driving, so don’t fall into the mistake of being less careful or watchful. You still need to drive defensively, but these safety features will add to your already safe driving and keep you and your passengers even safer.  If you’re purchasing a new car, be sure to ask about the safety features that you are most interested in.  Some of them may be included automatically or you can add them as options.

 

References:

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings