Whilst nobody hopes to find out if severe safety features work, it is important to know they will protect you or your passengers should you be involved in an unfortunate accident.
Safety has always been the top priority for all global manufacturers. Fortunately, modern vehicles are equipped with an array of advanced safety features that are designed to protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians on the road. Should you want to find out which safety features your new car includes, we have a comprehensive list of safety and security specification available on each of our offers. Contact our team for more information if you are unsure or would like to find out more.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) systems use sensors to monitor the road ahead and can alert the driver if the vehicle is approaching another vehicle or obstacle too quickly. Some FCW systems also include Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), which can automatically apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate a collision if the driver fails to respond to the warning. These features can help prevent or reduce the severity of frontal collisions, which are among the most common types of accidents on the road.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems use cameras or sensors to monitor the lane markings on the road and can alert the driver if the vehicle drifts out of its lane without using the turn signal. Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) goes a step further and can automatically steer the vehicle back into its lane if the driver fails to take corrective action. These features can help prevent accidents caused by unintentional lane departures and provide an additional layer of safety during highway driving.
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) systems use sensors to detect vehicles in the driver's blind spots, which are areas that are not visible in the side mirrors or rear-view mirror. If a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, the system can alert the driver with visual or audible cues. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) systems can also warn the driver if a vehicle or object is approaching from the rear while the car is in reverse, which can help prevent collisions while backing out of parking spaces or driveways.
Advanced Airbags and Seat Belt Technologies
In addition to the above-mentioned active safety features, modern vehicles also come with advanced airbags and seat belt technologies that provide additional protection in the event of a collision. This includes front airbags, side airbags, knee airbags, and curtain airbags, as well as seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters that can help reduce the risk of injury in a crash. It's important to always wear seat belts and ensure that all passengers are properly restrained to maximize the effectiveness of these safety features.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is an advanced cruise control system that uses radar or cameras to maintain a set speed while also automatically adjusting the following distance to the vehicle ahead. This can help reduce the risk of rear-end collisions caused by sudden stops or changes in traffic flow. Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) is an extension of ACC that can also automatically steer the vehicle within the lane and maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic. These features can enhance driving comfort and reduce the stress of navigating through congested roads.
Car safety features have come a long way in recent years, with advancements in technology leading to more advanced and sophisticated systems that can help prevent accidents and protect occupants in the event of a collision. From forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking to lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring, these features can greatly enhance the safety of your driving experience. However, it's important to remember that these features are not a substitute for responsible and attentive driving. It's still crucial or drivers to always stay focused, follow traffic laws, and practice safe driving habits.
As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see even more innovative car safety features in the future. For example, some automakers are already working on pedestrian detection systems that can detect pedestrians and cyclists near the vehicle and automatically apply the brakes if necessary. There are also developments in vehicle-to-vehicle communication, which can allow cars to "talk" to each other and share information about their speed, direction, and location to help prevent collisions.
Investing in a vehicle with advanced safety features can provide added peace of mind for you and your passengers. However, it's important to note that these features may vary depending on the make, model, and trim level of a vehicle, and they may not be available on all vehicles or may be optional. It's essential to do thorough research and understand the safety features available in the specific vehicle you are considering.