Modern Safety Features to Consider

October 2, 2015


Whether you’re buying a new or used car, it is important to make sure the car is safe. Modern safety features are becoming increasingly sophisticated and choosing a car based on safety now means it is important to understand some of these new technologies.

Here are some modern safety features to consider when choosing a vehicle:

Blind Spot Detection

Blind Spot Detection

This system detects cars in your blind spot during driving or parking and when you put on your turn signal it notifies you through a light on your mirror, a vibration in your steering wheel or an alarm. Advanced versions of these systems can detect.

Lane Departure Warning 

Much like the blind spot detection this system will warn you if attempting to make an unsafe lane change. However, lane departure warning has a bit more range and can detect vehicles that are approaching too quickly and can even determine if you are drifting out of the lane.

Adaptive Cruise Control

This system makes regular cruise control seem outdated. It senses cars in front of you and will adjust the throttle and brakes to keep a safe distance between you.

Collision Mitigation

Much like the adaptive cruise control collision mitigation systems can sense cars around you. When it senses an impending collision it will automatically apply the brakes.

Collision mitigation

Traction Control

While the car is accelerating traction control prevents the car from skidding, as a result, the car can avoid dangerous situations. Traction system is generally used in the four-wheel antilock system.

Electronic Stability Control

Electronic stability control (ECS) can sense when the driver is about to lose control and automatically apply braking and throttle to help the user keep control. Advanced versions of this system can no prevent roll-overs when the vehicle is taken too sharply around a corner.

Reverse Backup Sensor/ Rearview Camera

A reverse backup sensor alerts you with a series of beeps as you approach something while backing up. The rearview camera keeps your car and your family safe by allowing you to see exactly what is behind you while backing up.

Adaptive Headlights

Adaptive headlights allow the driver to see further when they round a curve during the night.