No matter if you are buying a budget car or a luxury one, a new or used, safety is paramount. Car manufacturers from across the world are consistently bringing new features and technologies that can add to your safety while driving. Although you may not be able to afford the latest and revolutionary safety features, there are some basic safety features you must know about.
A large number of road accidents could be prevented had car owners known about these important safety features in their vehicles. Let’s find out what those standard safety features and what they really do.
They are a life-saver! Make sure your car has both front and side air bags. When collision occurs, these air bags will inflate automatically and save you from deadly physical injuries or death. The front air bag will save your head hitting the dashboard, windshield and steering wheel. And side air bags ensure that you don’t hit the door or any object crashing through the window.
The primary role of seat belts is to keep you in position in events like collision or crash. The presence of air bags can’t save you from side-impact and roll-overs if you are unbelted at the time of collision.
Wear your seat belt such that you can maintain about 10 inch or more distance between your breastbone and the air bag. The new seat belts available in the market come with additional features such as adjustable upper belts, pretensioners, a rear centre lap/shoulder belt and energy management features.
As the name suggests, this safety feature protect your head in case it accidently hit the upper interior of the vehicle. It is made of impact-absorbing or foam based material and fitted inside the interior of the vehicle such that the occupants may not be able to see it directly. Some modern cars feature airbags for head protection. Both these features can reduce the risk of brain injuries during an accident.
They are the extended part of your car seats that reduce the risk of neck injury during a rear-impact accident. As the name speaks, it limits the movement of your neck at the time of crash. Make sure the front seats of your vehicle are fitted with head restrains of correct size and strength. Head restrains can be adjusted manually, while some adjust themselves automatically as you move the seat or in the event of a crash.
Originally designed for airplanes, ABS technology was introduced in the car designs in the 70’s. The feature prevents your wheels from getting locked when you slam the brake. This helps you maintain control on steering wheel, and avoid skidding and collision.
Also known as dynamic stability control, ESC helps drivers maintain control of their vehicle when the steering suddenly goes extreme left or right. It can identify when you over-steer or under-steer and automatically applies brake to the related wheel. The system can auto-correct your vehicle if it isn’t driving in the intended direction, so your vehicle will not veer off the road and hit railing, curbs or any other thing.
When you give acceleration too speedily, traction control system in your vehicle help it maintain stability by applying some braking force to relevant wheels and auto-adjusting the output power of the engine.
It does what the name says. It divides power evenly among all four wheels of your vehicle. Traction control and all-wheel drive work together to prevent your vehicle from slippage when you accelerate too speedily and apply more than usual power to do so.