Being safe on the road is a big consideration for everyone. The good news is that newer vehicles have many safety features that weren’t present in older vehicles. This can help everyone on the road to remain safer. Even with these safety improvements, there isn’t room for drivers to get lax when they’re behind the wheel.
Many safety features that are standard on vehicles now are newer technologies, and there are even more features that are optional. Be sure you look for these if you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle. Older used vehicles won’t have many of these, and they’re a lot more unsafe than many people realize.
Driver assistance modules
Driver assistance modules are more than just full driving control. Some of the more common driver assistance modules include:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Automatic emergency braking
- Forward collision warning
- Lane departure warning
All of those safety features are improving and evolving to help make the roads safer.
Cameras and sensors
Rearview cameras and either cameras or sensors around the vehicle help to prevent crashes. The backup camera lets drivers see what’s directly behind the vehicle so they don’t back over anything. Blind spot detection is also possible because of these inclusions on cars. This enables them to change lanes and merge a bit safer.
Electronic stability control
Electronic stability control helps to prevent spin-outs from occurring by using computer-controlled braking. This is especially helpful if you’re driving on wet or slick roads. This safety feature has been required on all new vehicles starting on Sept. 1, 2011.
Front and side airbags greatly enhance the safety of a vehicle. When they were first introduced, airbags could harm people when they deployed. Improvements, since those initial airbags were released in the 1950s, have made these a highly effective option to improve safety for everyone in the vehicle.
Crashes are still possible, even if you drive one of the safest vehicles. Being injured by a negligent driver means you need medical care. You may opt to pursue a claim for compensation. Work with someone familiar with these matters so you can draw from their knowledge.