Every year, thousands of people are killed and injured in motor vehicle accidents. What steps are you taking to avoid a similar fate? When purchasing a vehicle, it is easy to get caught up in looks, interior technology, and of course, the price tag. These details are important, but you are forgetting about something else: safety features. The more safety features your car has, the less chance you have of being injured or killed in an accident.
Some safety features are more popular than others. Just the same, some are more useful in terms of avoiding accidents. Here are five of the top safety features for 2018 and beyond:
With forward-looking sensors acting as radar, your vehicle can monitor its distance between others. If your following distance reaches unsafe territory, the vehicle will automatically slow down. Once traffic speeds up, your vehicle will do the same. Best yet, you don’t have to do a thing.
Do you often worry about striking another vehicle from behind? With a forward collision avoidance system, there is less chance of this happening. Using the same sensors as the adaptive cruise control, you are notified with an auditory or visual cue that you are too close to a lead vehicle. Some of the most advanced vehicles can even apply the brakes for you in this situation.
Let’s face it: nighttime driving is more dangerous than hitting the road during the daylight hours. With adaptive headlights, you are able to see more of the road as you approach and come around a curve.
This safety feature continues to make its way into more and more vehicles. Soon enough, it will be difficult to find a new model in which it is not standard.
As the name suggests, this provides the driver with a clear view of what is behind their vehicle. This comes in handy when backing out of a parking spot, among other situations.
Note: some vehicles combine a backup camera with reverse backup sensors. If there is an object behind your vehicle, the system will beep to alert you to stop.
The dreaded blind spot. You are traveling down the road, thinking all is good, but never realizing that there is a vehicle right next to yours. If you make a quick lane change, there is a good chance of an accident.
With sideview assist, sensors detect a vehicle in your blind spot. If you hear a beep or see a light in your side mirror, you know that your blind spot is occupied.
These safety features are designed with one thing in mind: preventing accidents and saving lives. And that is exactly what they have been proven to do. If you find yourself in the market for a new car, truck, or SUV, don’t sign on the dotted line until you know what you are getting in terms of safety features.
What other safety features do you consider important? Share your advice in the comment section below.