It’s an avoidable fact of life – every time you drive your car out onto the roads you put yourself at risk. Statistically, it’s more dangerous driving on the roads than flying in an aeroplane. This is why many car manufacturers work tirelessly to introduce innovative technologies that can help make driving safer for all.
When on the market for a new car, you may want to consider which safety features out there are important to you.
Forward Collision Alert
Detects an impending collision with another vehicle ahead of you and alerts you in order for you to brake or avoid it in time.
Automatic Emergency Brakes
Detects an impending collision with another vehicle and first alerts you. If you fail to take action or are too slow to avoid the crash, the automatic braking system takes over to avoid or reduce the severity of the crash.
Dynamic Brake Support
Supplements your own braking if it is not sufficient to avoid a collision.
Lane Departure Warning
A camera monitors lane markings and alerts you when the car is unintentionally veering out of its lane without indicating a turn signal.
A CCTV system that provides 360° visibility – a complete bird’s eye view of every angle of your vehicle on one screen.
Adaptive cruise control
Also known as dynamic cruise control, this system automatically adjusts your car’s speed to maintain a safe following distance from vehicles ahead.
Until it becomes more affordable, this safety feature is not mainstream yet. The system helps drivers see better in the dark with the use of infrared light and can detect pedestrians on the road in front.
While it may be correct to say that flying is safer than driving, the fact of the matter is that there are too many drivers that are unlicensed, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted while driving, and many other reasons that lead them and other road users into accident situations. Safety features or not, remember that the most important safety feature is the one in control of the wheel.
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