A Brief History Of Car Safety Features

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Educating yourself on your vehicle’s safety features is an important step you should take before and after purchasing a new car. These features are put in place to help you as the driver stay safe along with your passengers and others sharing the road. Taking that extra time to review your owner’s manual and/or having a conversation with your car dealer is a vital preventative measure before getting behind the wheel. You may find your vehicle has some safety features you are unfamiliar with and don’t want to be caught off guard while driving down the road.

If you have purchased a car recently, you will notice that new vehicles come with advanced features like emergency braking systems and lane departure notification, which are two of the best preventative features for drivers today. Knowing the various types of protection that come with your vehicle will help you make a sound decision during your purchase and will also provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have backup if a deer runs in front of you or if a car is approaching as you are ready to switch lanes. There are many unexpected potential circumstances while driving; however, with advanced technology and proven safety measures, you are safer than ever before.

Other features include airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction and electronic stability control, seat belts, brake assist, adaptive cruise control, obstacle detection, backup cameras, active head restraints, rear-approaching traffic, and tire pressure monitors.

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Backup cameras show you the immediate roadway behind the car, as well as a projected path.

Traction and electronic stability control are especially key features when it comes to driving in wet or icy conditions. It is a common fear to hydroplane or slide when the roads are slick or icy. After thousands of victims were injured or killed due to this circumstance, manufacturers began working to find solutions. These two features provide more traction for your tires and help guide your turn automatically to prevent your vehicle from sliding unnecessarily out of control in poor road conditions. Now, if you find yourself in a situation in which an accident could not be prevented, there are features for that, too!

Airbags have saved many, many lives by serving as a buffer between the victim and the dashboard when a collision occurs. If the victim is wearing a seatbelt and is tall enough to enact an airbag, these two important features will more often than not save their life. In fact, airbags positioned to reduce impact for front seat passengers reduces the fatality rate by 29% in head-on collisions.

There are other features that are important to know about, but these are some of the most common types of safety features that come with newer models. It is easy to become relaxed if driving a newer model that has these advanced elements, but no matter how many safety features your vehicle is equipped with, it is still your responsibility as the driver to proceed with the utmost caution when behind the wheel. With automatic technology that guides a smoother and safer drive and an aware, qualified driver, there will be far fewer less accidents on our roads.

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