Since there are over 250 million vehicles on our roads, the fact that automobile accidents are turning into a common occurrence comes as no surprise. In fact, each year, on a global scale, there are almost 1.3 million deaths due to road crashes averaging to over 3,200 deaths on a daily basis.
In the United States, it’s more than 37,000 road crash-related deaths a year. Although the use of technology while driving (phone calls, texting, etc.) contributes to these numbers significantly, advancements in vehicle safety features can help reduce the number of road collisions.
Chances are, you are already familiar with anti-lock brakes and airbags, however, below are seven more innovative car safety features that you should take into consideration while looking to buy a new vehicle.
- Blind Spot Detection
With blind spot detection systems, you can safely switch lanes and avoid accidents resulting from cars in your blind spot. This system alerts you when there is another vehicle in the lane next to you so you don’t accidently attempt to switch to that lane, not noticing the vehicle.
- Auto Emergency Braking
This system detects a potential collision with a large object or another car and avoids it by slowing or stopping your vehicle before it happens.
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
If you lose control of your vehicle, the ESC system will keep your vehicle on the road. This system checks the direction of your car every 25 seconds to ensure it is consistent with the steering input. The system will reduce engine torque and apply the brakes if it detects a slide to straighten your vehicle out.
- Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS)
This system will monitor your vehicle’s tire air pressure and signal you with a low-pressure warning light, display or gauge if you need air.
- Traction Control
While you accelerate, this system controls wheel spin so you are driving with maximum traction. This system works well for icy or wet conditions or if you are driving a vehicle with a high-horsepower engine.
- Seatbelt Features
We all know that seat belts are one of the most vital components of your safety while in a car. However, now, there are enhanced features that will allow your safety belts to work more efficiently. For instance, seatbelt pretensioners will immediately retract your belt during a frontal impact to take up slack.
- Back-up Cameras
When you put your vehicle in reverse, this system will display a monitor on your dashboard allowing you to see what is behind your car. Distance readings and trajectory lines are other features that could be included in some back-up camera systems.
While shopping for a new or used vehicle, it’s essential that you ensure there are safety features included to help keep you protected while driving. Safety features can be a life-changing option if you have a great deal of distractions while you are behind the wheel like frequent city driving, phone calls or children in the back seat).