Best Safety Features For Your Car

December 29th, 2015 by

It’s something you do almost without thinking about it: you get in your car, you shut the door and reach for your safety belt. Of all the habits we form throughout our lives, this is certainly one of the best ones. We would never advise someone to NOT wear their seat belt, but this wasn’t always the case. My mother fondly remembers, as she laughs in disbelief, car rides with her 6 siblings and no one was belted in because there simply were no seat belts.

Luckily, as time progresses so do standards and policies and this is no longer an issue. Today, safety features are a big feature to look for and possess. Customers and sales staff at Kings Automall know this all too well. Everyone is interested in having the safest car for their family, but the bottom line is all families have different needs and not all vehicles come with the same safety features. This is why doing your research is so important.

Let’s take a look at some of the top safety feature of today while looking for your next vehicle. Whether it’s your teenager’s first car, your commuter car or your family vehicle, safety measures need to exist no matter the make or model.

IIHS

Every year, the IIHS or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, collects data on the highway crashes and accidents to find out as much about safety precaution and accident prevention, as possible. Given there are so many factors that determine the causes of crashes and accidents, all are taken into serious consideration: road conditions, weather, sobriety, age and, of course, vehicle. After studying the results of these accidents, the IIHS then releases the information to consumers about which vehicles were the safest and which were not.

It goes without saying that the drivers and passengers in the vehicles with the most safety features were more likely to walk away from the accidents. Sadly, some didn’t. For this reason, it is wise to never overlook the importance of safety features existence in you or your loved one’s vehicle. This is a list of the top safety features to look for in your next vehicle.

Seatbelts

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I know this is a “gimmie” as seatbelts are government standard equipment, but there’s still so many people who don’t wear them. Stop being dumb. Wear it.

Safety-belt Features

See above. Good, now that you know you should wear it, here’s why: it keeps your body from propelling violently forward or sideways out of the vehicle. It is undoubtedly the single most important piece of safety equipment in your car. EMT’s hate to arrive at a scene and see your body strewn about. Be polite and wear it.

There are enhanced safety-belt features that provide still better safety. LATCH, or Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, are a required safety-belt feature to make child-seat installation easier and more secure. Note: It is always wise to make sure any child-seat installations can be easily and securely buckled in before purchasing a vehicle.

Seatbelt resistance, while sometimes annoying is there to take the slack during a frontal impact. Also, should your airbag deploy, it will aid in positioning your body to absorb the impact from the airbag rather than your dashboard or windshield.

Newer to the safety-belt features are inflatable safety belts and upper anchors, which I would have appreciated as a child. Inflatable safety belts on rear seats reduce the force of the belts against the bodies of children, elderly, anyone rear seated passenger. The force is spread out over a larger area preventing any damage to bodies. Adjustable upper anchors are specific for bodies that may not fit the “normal” adult stature. The anchors adjust to keep the belt positioned across the chest on any size person, ensuring their safety isn’t compromised by their size.

Antilock Brakes (ABS)08cars3

As it used to be, when brakes were applied, the front wheels would lock up and no longer turn. Given the situation of applying brakes in a panic was to prevent a crash, locked wheels only turn a bad situation worse, by skidding and not responding to steering. ABS allows the driver to continue to steer through braking with the ability to maneuver through braking. All new cars are equipped with ABS, but older models (pre 2010) were not required to have it.

Electronic Stability Control (EBS)

Using computer linked to sensors to tell if a wheel is spinning out during a turn, EBS applies the brakes to one or more wheel, reduces engine power to correct the vehicle and right its path. EBS became standard equipment on all models during and since the 2012 year. It’s become especially important on top heavy vehicles, like SUV’s, so if you’re looking for an older model SUV to save money, make sure it has EBS.

Telematics

Many manufacturers today are using GPS in their onboard tech, either through navigation or an OnStar type service. While it is an additional option in most brands and models, it is never without its good use. Always connected to a central dispatch center, these systems allow the driver to communicate directly through the touch of a button or in some cases, automatically when a collision has occurred. The dispatch can locate the driver through GPS and send help immediately.

Preventative Systems

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While safety belts are hugely important in the protection of your body during a crash or accident, there are plenty of preventative safety measures that are not only becoming popular but mandated. These preventative measures are in place to protect everyone on the road, including pedestrians. Again, not all are mandatory, but most are at least included. You will want to make sure the vehicle you are thinking about purchasing has most if not all these features.

Brake Assist to reach the shortest conceivable stopping distance, brake assist is applied when panic from the driver is detected. Because studies show that the brakes are rarely applied as hard as they can be, brake assist allows more pressure to be applied without locking up the wheels.

Adaptive Cruise Control – allows the driver to keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead.

Forward-Collision Warning – alerting the driver with either an audible or visual signal, sometimes both, if a collision seems imminent or the vehicle is approaching an object too fast. Advanced forward collision braking systems respond to these situations by applying Brake Assist.

Blind Spot Warning – through the use of radar or camera’s, a visual icon illuminates the outside mirrors that an object is in the blind spot, warning the driver not to move.

Lane Departure Warning – should your vehicle start to veer into another lane without having activated the directionals, both auditory and visual signals occur to alert the driver. Some vehicles even use a vibrating steering wheel as an alert.

Backup Camera – While this is an instrument most often used to aid when backing into a parking spot, it is easily helpful when backing out of a driveway onto a busy road or when in a larger SUV to easily see any objects in blind spots.

Pedestrian Safety – Volvo vehicles offer this optional detection system to warn and apply brakes when people are detected in front of the car. Because this is mostly used for city driving, the brakes will apply automatically at speeds up to 22 mph.

 

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