According to the NSC, ‘In 2019, an estimated 38,800 people (in the USA) lost their lives to car crashes.’ While these stats are tragic and concerning, the number of car accident fatalities has declined by 2% since 2018 and by 4% since 2017.
Modern cars have many safety features available, and so when you’re looking for your next motor, it’s useful to be aware of the best features to look out for.
1 . Lane Departure Warning
A LDW alerts the driver if the car is moving away from the correct lane. Certain lane departure settings will respond to the problem by steering, or by helping to center your vehicle. A Lane Departure Warning works with a camera that is positioned close to the rearview mirror. This camera monitors the lane markings on the road and helps you to remain in the right position.
2. Forward Collision Alert
A Forward Collision Alert functions by monitoring a potential accident and then alerting the driver. The FCA tracks the speed of the vehicle in front and the speed of your own vehicle. The system can measure the distance between the vehicles and alert the driver if necessary. This technology uses sensors which track cars that are stationary or moving. The driver is provided a warning using an audio or visual alert. Some FCA monitors can also monitor the presence of pedestrians.
3. Blind-spot warning
A Blind Spot Warning works by using cameras or a radar. The BSW system warns the driver when a car is approaching in the blind spot. Some systems have an audio alert if the driver continues to move over, or indicates. The most advanced Blind Spot Warning Systems can steer or brake automatically, to keep the car in the centre of the lane.
4. Automatic Emergency Brakes
Automatic emergency brakes work by turning on the brakes when the vehicle detects that a collision is imminent. The AE brake system provides an alert, and if the driver does not intervene the auto brakes step in. Automatic braking systems combine both a camera and radar sensors. To improve your safety while driving, an AE brake system is the way to go.
5. Tire-Pressure Monitors
It’s important to have a tire pressure monitor for your vehicle, many cars will already have these features and you can also buy tire pressure apps. When your tires are underinflated this can be unsafe. It can also mean that you use up more fuel than necessary. Apps for tire pressure include SensAiry or FOBO Tire. For an extra safety boost it’s also a good move to use a dash cam in your car. A dash cam can help you provide evidence in the event of a collision. It’s not nice to think about being in an accident but the fact is it’s a possibility. There is a collision every 3.7 minutes in South Carolina alone.
As technology becomes more advanced car safety features are improving all the time. To improve your safety on the roads it can be beneficial to take a defensive drivers course. These courses help you to anticipate the actions of other drivers in order to keep yourself safe.