With the constant rise of technology, it’s no surprise that cars are becoming increasingly tech-savvy, especially in regard to their safety features. However, with all the new additions of safety technology, it can be a bit overwhelming. We go through many of the popular safety features that you should look out for when purchasing your new car.
Autonomous Emergency Braking or AEB is defined by howsafeisyourcar.com as ‘a feature that alerts a driver to an imminent crash and helps them use the maximum braking capacity of the car’. AEB can also independently brake if it deems the scenario to be too dangerous with no human acknowledgement. AEB is particularly important as front-to-rear impacts are a very common form of crash which can be easily deterred with AEB. The higher range AEB technology can also clearly tell the difference between a car and a pedestrian or cyclist, and determines the risk based on their path. Autonomous Emergency Braking really is a must-have in your new family car.
Blind Spot Warning
Blinding Spot Warning technology detects and warns the driver regarding vehicles that cannot be seen due to the driver’s ‘blind spot’. This commonly occurs when lane changing and the warnings usually come in the form of audio but sometimes visual to inform the driver.
Forward and Back Collision Warning
Forward and Back Collision Warning alerts the driver to the surroundings around them when they are getting too close, such as a crash scenario. The message will be displayed to the driver in the form of noise or vibration and the driver will need to take preventative action unlike with AEB that will automatically brake if no response is made.
Active Parking Assist
Active Parking Assist is becoming an ever more popular addition, particularly with European cars. Active Parking Assist allows you to take your hands off the wheel and pedals as the vehicle uses its sensors to make a perfect parallel park. If you are someone whose last parallel park was probably in their driver’s test then this may be the feature that suits you.
Adaptive Headlights are designed to increase visibility during night driving, especially around curves. Whilst regular headlights will illuminate in a straight line ahead, adaptive headlights adjust their beams depending on where you are steering which allows for higher visibility when maneuvering.
Active Cruise Control
Active Cruise Control or Adaptive Cruise Control identifies the speed and distance of the vehicle in front of your car and will slow down or speed up as required, all whilst on cruise control and your foot off the pedal.
Driver Fatigue Warning
Driver fatigue warning or Drowsiness alerts analyse of the tendencies of the driver to determine any signs of inattention or drowsiness. The vehicle will then warn the driver via message or sound suggesting to stop and rest.
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist or Lane departure warning system warns drivers when they begin to move out of their lane unintentionally without indication. Sensors pick up the unnatural movement and alert the driver, it can be sometimes be used in conjunction with the driver fatigue system as well.
Electronic Stabiliy Control or ESC assists the driver to avoid crashes by reducing the danger of skidding or losing control due to over-steering. ESC activates when the driver loses control of their vehicle and automatically applies brakes in a manner which allows the car to safely avoid serious crashes. ESC is in mandatory in all new cars and is a vital feature, statistics show that it reduces the risk of single 4WD crashes by 51%.
When researching safety features, a fantastic resource is howsafeisyourcar.com, which is government car safety website. If you are interested in more content carloop provides or interested in more safety articles we produce head over to our blog.
Finally, all new cars will have the big safety features that you want such as AEB and ESC, it’s just up to you how much you value the smaller technology as the price increases. Safety is an important decision and there is a vast range of information available for you online to work out what is best for you and your family.