According to Safercar.gov, “Auto safety has evolved from basic seatbelts and lighting to high-tech safety features that can help drivers avoid accidents altogether. Thanks to high tech car safety features and innovations, today’s vehicles are the safest in history and have contributed to year-over-year decreases in crash-related fatalities and injuries nationwide.”
- Lane departure warning systems. These systems are designed to help prevent head-on collisions and other catastrophes. If you wander from your lane, a light flashes and a high-pitched beep sounds. Some cars have a vibrating steering wheel to alert you.
- Enhanced visibility. Some vehicles offer infrared night vision that can alert you to obstacles beyond the reach of your headlights. Others shift as you’re turning, helping you see around curves.
- Rearview camera. A tiny camera mounted on the back of the vehicle transmits an image to your dashboard or rear-view mirror, making it easier to see people or objects behind you.
- Reverse backup sensors. This equipment helps alert you if you’re about to collide with something as you reverse.
- Automatic braking. This system brakes the car to prevent a collision or lessen the impact from whatever is in front of you.
- Pre-crash warning system. It’s often combined with automatic braking. The system warns drivers, with visual or auditory clues, if they’re about to run into something and applies partial or full brakes.
- Side view assist. When a car is in your blind spot, sensors on the rear bumper can alert you with a light in your side mirror.
- Parking assist. A feature that detects the size of the parking space, guides you into the starting position, and then allows you to completely take your hands off the wheel while the computer backs the vehicle into place.
- Electronic stability control. This technology helps correct a swerving vehicle by applying brakes on individual wheels, giving drivers a chance to regain control.
- Air bag systems. Since 2006, all passenger vehicles have been made with airbag systems, which automatically detect the size and position of the passenger, the severity of the crash and use that information to vary the force with which the air bags inflate. Some cars now come with side-impact air bags.
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