Some cars are safer than others and it may sometimes difficult to tell what safety features to look out for. Technology is playing a bigger role in car safety and new features are being introduced with every new car model year.
Self-driving cars are on the way, but it will still be a while before all the technicalities are worked out and we start seeing them on the road. In the mean time we will still have to be dealing with more cars and unsafe drivers sharing the road with us. Road safety only seems to be getting worse as the number of distracted drivers grows to epidemic proportions.
With that in mind it seems even more important than ever to look for new car safety features. These are some of the top safety features to look out for when buying a new car.
“Forward collisions warning” is a feature that uses sensors in the front of the vehicle to warn of impending collision. It is assumed this warning will give you enough time to brake or steer clear.
Taking collision detection, a step further is “Automatic emergency braking” which uses the same sensors as the collision warning system to automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision.
The “Lane departure warning” system uses cameras to keep track of your cars position on the roadway, warning you with an alarm if your car veers out of your lane.
Backup cameras are now coming as standard equipment in many new cars and are replacing the rear view mirrors as a backup assisting safety feature.
“Electronic Stability Control” has been around for a while but should be looked for when purchasing a used car. This stability control feature uses computer control stabilization to keep the car safe under slippery and dangerous road conditions.
Safety features are getting more sophisticated every year but for now, those are some of the more important ones to look for