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4 Car Features to Stay Safe on the Road

November 17, 2010 / 

Automakers continue to develop innovative features that increase the safety of drivers and their passengers. In the past 10 years, highway deaths have been reduced by about 10 percent as a result of instituting new and better safety measures in vehicles.

In fact, in the latest car models you can find some incredible car features that truly take the concept and vision of car safety to a whole new level. The newest features in driving safety are not just innovative but also highly-functional.

Let’s take a look at some of these technologically advanced safety features:

Did You Know?

According to the NSC (National Safety Council) 35,719 people died in traffic accidents in the US during 2013 and there were roughly 3.8 million crash injuries. Safety features can significantly lower the risk of collisions and road accidents.

Automatic Emergency Braking
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) uses advanced driver assist systems and Electronic Stability Control to slow a vehicle and reduce the severity of an impact. It is designed to stop the car when you don’t. Using radar, sensors, cameras and lasers to scan the road for risks ahead, AEB detects potential collisions with pedestrians and other vehicles on the road. It provides an initial warning to the car driver in case of a potential collision. If the driver responds by applying the brakes, maximum brake pressure is applied automatically. If the driver’s steering and braking aren’t enough to mitigate the collision, autonomous emergency braking will be initiated. Maximum speed reduction is achieved using full ABS braking.

Lane Departure Warning System
The Lane Departure Warning system helps your vehicle stay in a lane. This system is ideal for drivers driving on freeways and arterial roads. If your vehicle begins to drift in another lane, the Lane Departure Warning System (LDW) immediately alerts you with haptic steering wheel vibration, a visual cue or audible warning so you can take timely action and avoid collisions with other cars. Lane Keeping Systems (LKS) issue alerts and then automatically keep the vehicle in the lane.

The Lane warning/keeping systems use video sensors typically integrated next to the rearview mirror, laser sensors mounted on the front of the vehicle, and infrared sensors mounted behind the windshield or underneath the vehicle. These sensors track road markings and sound an alarm when a driver moves out of a lane without signaling.

Blind Spot Detection
The Blind Spot Detection feature is designed to increase road awareness by employing a radar system. This system detects any vehicle that comes in the driver’s blind spot or the rear cross path and quickly alerts the driver with audio and visual warnings.

Smart Cruise Control
The Smart Cruise Control feature automatically adjusts the speed of the car to the pre-selected distance of the vehicle in the front. This feature eliminates the need to constantly adjust and regulate your cruise control.

So, when you buy your next car, be sure to look for these innovative safety features. Along with safe driving techniques, these features are the best way that you, your family and drivers around you can have a safe driving experience.