Safety features to look out for when buying a car
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Car safety has reached heights over the past decade. The only time you could enjoy the peace of mind of front passenger airbags is if you purchase the top of the line variants of any vehicle. These days, safety features can now be found in even the fleet special of current models, and not just airbags but also every conceivable safety feature.
Here is a shortlist of car safety features you should keep in mind when purchasing a car. When considering these safety features or to find out more, contact your nearest car dealer so they can hook you up with the latest and greatest in safety technology.
Safety Harnesses are the most basic of all these safety features but have proven to be the most effective. Seatbelts keep you tethered safely to your seat and comfortably wrap around your torso.
They then tighten their grip at the event of a collision to avoid serious injuries. Every year, seatbelts have saved countless lives and have even now recently been legally mandated to be worn at all times lest you be levied a heavy fine.
Much like seatbelts, air-bags are a collision protection device protecting the car's occupants in the event of such occurrence. These are bags that rapidly inflate themselves the moment the vehicle incurs a collision and is placed more commonly in the front dashboard for front occupants.
There are also side curtain and panel airbags that activate when a car experiences a side collision, knee airbags to protect your lower body and rear-occupant airbags for your rear-passengers.
Anti-lock Brakes & Electronic Brake-force Distribution
ABS and EBD are enhancements placed to your car's braking system that controls it to avoid the brakes from locking. Locking occurs during emergency braking procedures and hinders you from controlling your vehicle in the event of sudden brakes.
It mitigates this problem by distributing the stopping power on all 4 wheels to give you more maneuverability and enables you to steer your car, something you cannot do if your brakes are locked.
Forward & Side Crash Mitigation System
Crash mitigation systems are optical and laser-guided systems that warn you or stops your car altogether, depending on speed, if it detects an imminent frontal crash. It works with a series of computers linked to cameras and sensors around the car that constantly detects the distance you have between you and the vehicles or objects around you.
Lane Departure Warning System
This system helps warn you or even steers the car back to the center of the lane if it notices that you are veering away from it. Much like crash mitigation, it uses computers and cameras to calculate your speed and position in your lane and corrects your car accordingly. These systems are the basic framework of autonomous driving.
The most important safety feature of your car is yourself. If you can keep yourself well-disposed when driving your car, and become a defensive driver, the chances of you having an accident decrease dramatically.
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