The government not only regulates a vehicle’s fuel consumption minimums, but they also regulate car safety. Many new features have been added to cars over the last few years to keep their passengers safer in the event of a mishap. These features have added to the cost of vehicles but will help save money over time, such as tire pressure monitoring helping preserve the life of your tires. Other features like back up cameras and anti-lock brakes add cost but can also save lives and serious injury. If you happen to be injured in an accident, it’s always a good idea to find a car accident lawyer that will protect your rights.
In some cases the mandates for safety additions to cars have been delayed arguing that the cost that is passed on to the customer is too high. Backup cameras are being seen on cars priced less than $20,000 as standard equipment, yet other companies are only adding them as an upgraded option. Today’s cars have more standard safety equipment than at any other time in their history.
The premise of backup cameras is to improve vision around parts of the vehicle that would normally be restricted. If you can see what is behind and beside you, the chances of hitting anything with your car will be lessened. The NHTSA has proposed backup cameras be required in all vehicles. When paired with proximity alarms the vehicle is even safer for the passengers and anyone that may be in the area of the vehicle when it is moving. Automobile cameras are now available that will give you a 360 degree view around your vehicle, enabling you see what is in every direction.
Lane Departure Warning System
Your vehicle can use special cameras to warn you when you are drifting from your lane. Lane Departure activates a warning buzzer and a light if it senses the car straying and even applies a small amount of pressure to correct the steering and realign with the road. Lane Keeping works much the same way but it is activated by the radar cruise control system. It also uses the same method to correct the course of the vehicle.
Underrated as a safety system on modern automobiles, traction control systems help you maintain forward momentum and direction when challenging with slick road conditions. Sensors continuously detect the speed of each wheel and if one begins to spin faster than the other, the system applies braking to the wheel to slow it down. On newer vehicles, traction control works together with the anti-lock braking system to carry out this function.
Another of those systems that works behind the scenes without much publicity, stabilization control helps you maintain control of your vehicle in the case of making an extreme maneuver. This is most important on taller vehicles that are top heavy and have a tendency to turn over.
Emergency Brake Force Distribution (EBS)
When sensing a panic stop, EBS takes over and applies full braking force to help you get stopped in time. Working with your existing braking system, EBS can apply brake force in the event of wheel slippage and can apply the right amount of brake force to the correct tire. This can keep your car from spinning out during extreme maneuvers.
Forward Collision Warning
By sensing objects in the proximity of the front of the vehicle, the crash avoidance system can apply the brakes to keep you from rear-ending another car or a pedestrian. It uses radar or laser sensors along with cameras that calculate time and distance of objects in front of you. This system has become more common on new SUV’s, mid-size and large sedans.
Many of these safety features are either standard on today’s new cars or can be purchased as options. Air bags for all passengers have already become standard on all vehicles instead of just options. Look for these new technological innovations in car safety to also become standard, as they help prevent accidents and save lives.