With advancements in technology together with newer & more sophisticated car models being launched into the auto-community, more improvement have been made in the area of automobile safety as well.
Look at the rate at which accidents occur on our highways, the issue of automobile safety cannot be overemphasized. Therefore, before shopping for a car, it is advisable that you check out its safety specs. If possible, give the car a test drive to ensure that everything is in place and functioning as it ought to.
Here, Naijauto gives you a rundown of essential car safety features that your car should possess, starting from the most basic of them that have always been in place years before now to the ones that have evolved in the recent years.
1. Seat belts
Some car owners still battle with the issue of putting on their seat belts while driving. Seat belts are actually safety features designed to confine you to the vehicle in just in case of a car crash. It lowers the chances of one colliding with other structures in the vehicle such as the dashboard, steering wheel or windshield due to impact of the crash.
The seat belt has certain features that enhances its performance such as the seat belt pretensioners, the adjustable upper belts, shoulder belts and energy management features. These enhancement features all work together to ensure that one is not thrown off the vehicle by the impact of a crash either by adjusting the belt strap accommodate ones size, retracting the seat belt in the case of a crash or by preventing the concentration of energy on the thoracic region.
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2. Antilock brake system (ABS) and the Brake assist technology
The ABS helps prevent collision by hindering the locking of a vehicle’s wheel in a case of ‘panic’ braking. The antilock brake system may not guarantee safety especially when on high speed but when it is activated, it helps the driver to gain greater control of the steering.
The brake assist technology is a sort of technology that amplifies the braking power of a vehicle. It amplifies this braking power when a driver does not exert adequate power on the brake pedal in the case of an emergency. This brake assist technology also in the form of autonomous emergency braking could detect the proximity of objects in front using sensors.
3. Adaptive headlights (dynamic bending headlights)
Headlights could sound too basic to be included but a versed driver would know that using just standard headlights makes it hard for objects lying around bends to be illuminated. This problem is however eliminated with the adaptive headlights, which uses electronic sensors to sense adjustments in the position of the steering and with that, would align themselves to the direction of the vehicle.
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4. Air bags
There is the front air bag as well as the side air bag. The front air bags when they inflate are meant to prevent the front- seat occupants from colliding with the steering wheel, windshield or dashboard. While, the side air bags on the other hand inflate to help prevent occupants from hitting the door or any object that is likely to crash through the sides.
You should however know that air bags can only offer you protection when have you seat belts buckled on; if not, you might end up getting injured by it instead. Also, it is advised and warned that children below age 12 be kept in the rear seat as air bags can cause serious harm to them and can even lead to their death.
2015 Lexus NX 8 standard airbag system with both front and side airbags
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5. Blind spot monitoring system
The blind spot is very useful when navigating traffic. There is that part of the road you can’t see when looking straight ahead or when looking through the rear-view or side mirrors. With the help of the blind spot however, you can be able to see that part. The system uses sensors to check out for any vehicle on both side of your vehicle and gives you a warning to avoid colliding with them.
6. Lane assist
This comes with recent premium cars. It is a warning system that alerts the driver of a potential danger, which in this case is veering off the lane. It could do this with a buzzer or a vibrating seat.
Other life-saving car safety features includes:
- Head restraints
- Adaptive cruise control
- Reverse park assist
- Electronic stability control
- Reversing camera
- Heads-up display
- Driver drowsiness detection and,
- Autonomous driving
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