Driving a car is something most of us do every day, and we take it for granted that we’re going to make it to our destinations and back safely. We all realize, however, that driving carries a lot of risks and can be very dangerous when distracted drivers, bad weather, or unexpected hazards come into play. Cautious, lawful driving is one of the most important ways to avoid accidents and stay safe on the road, and it’s also very important to keep focused on the road at all times, make sure everybody in the car is wearing their seat belt and that all children are in car seats that have been properly installed, and that there aren’t any loose objects in the cabin that could go flying in the event of a sudden stop. It can also be very helpful to be in a car that has the latest, most advanced safety features. If you’re looking at purchasing a new car in the near future, here are some of the safety features you’re definitely going to want to make sure it has.
- Back-up cameras and sensors
No longer do you have to crane your neck or send somebody out of the car to tell you “keep going…keep going.” Many new cars have cameras and sensors that can show and tell you exactly what’s behind you and how much room you have.
Trying to parallel park has resulted in many dinged bumpers and scraped tires, but now it’s possible to let your car take over and do the parking for you, flawlessly.
- Voice control
Rather than take your attention away from the road to adjust your temperature, radio, or Bluetooth device, you can just tell your car what you need it to do and it will handle it for you.
- Blind spot warning systems
In case you forget to look behind you and check your blind spot, your car can use sensors to warn you if there’s anything in the next lane before you move and collide with it.
- Forward collision warning
Cars with this features have sensors that can determine if you’re approaching the car in front of you too rapidly, and warn you of a possible impending collision. Some of these systems will even automatically apply the brakes for you if you don’t react to the warning.
- Electronic stability control
If you start to swerve or lose control of your vehicle while driving, cars with ESC can take over and make adjustments to the braking and engine to help get you straightened out.
No technological safety feature can compare with competent, focused, defensive driving, but all of these can add up to fewer accidents and less severe injuries when a crash occurs. When you go shopping for your next car, make sure that the newest and most advanced safety features are among your must-have options. It may cost you a little more, but remember that your safety is definitely worth it!