Many factors make a car great. Not surprisingly, the safety features a car offers are significant to many consumers. When looking at safety features, it can be hard to determine which features are must-haves, and which are nice to have but not deal-breakers. We all know that hands-free technology is a must – but what else can you look for when buying a car and keeping safety as you top priority?
We’ve done our homework so you don’t have to, and have identified the best safety features in a car. These features are those that you don’t want to skip when it comes to purchasing a vehicle.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive cruise control (ACC) utilizes sensors and radar on the front of your car to lock onto the vehicle in front of you. It maintains a safe distance by automatically braking if the car in front of you starts to slow down. In the event of a potential collision, it will automatically apply the brakes and tighten seatbelts.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Similar to adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking senses a potential collision. If the driver doesn’t apply the brakes in time, the car will brake for you. Statistics favor this system by showing a drop in rear-end collisions by 50 percent in vehicles with automatic emergency braking.
A rearview camera allows the driver to see what’s behind their vehicle when backing up. It helps drivers back up more accurately and helps prevent accidents with small, hard to see items, including children or animals.
Blindspot detection is a great innovative tool that indicates when someone is in your blind spot by shining small orange or yellow lights in the door mirrors. This detection helps prevent collisions and alleviate lane-changing angst.
Lane Departure Warning
Lane departure warning sends a warning signal to the driver if it senses the car crossing the white lines or leaving the lane unintentionally. The warning signal can come either as a sound or as a buzzing in your seat or steering wheel.
360-Degree Parking Camera
A newer development, the 360-degree parking cameras is a step above the rearview camera. Although mostly found on higher-end vehicles, Nissan does equip some of their lower-end models with this great feature.
Automated Parallel Parking
Automated parallel parking takes the guesswork out of parking and does it for you. The sensors in the front and back of the car allow this new technology to seamlessly parallel park without the embarrassment of multiple attempts or running over the curb.
A head-up display is a display that shows a lot of information just below your line of sight, making driving safer. Showing driving directions, driving speed, posted speed limits, and more, it is a must-have for models that offer the add-on.
Inflatable Seat Belts
Another car safety device by Ford, inflatable seat belts will spread the force of a crash over a larger area of the body than traditional seat belts. For car crash safety devices, the inflatable seat belt is definitely an option to choose if available in your model. It reduces the chance of injury and is safer for frail individuals, especially children or the elderly.
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