Fuel consumption, price and comfort are three things that many people are looking for a car. It is important to note that your life is important among anything. If your priority is to arrive safe to your destination, then you should consider the safety features of a vehicle. Today, automakers computerize cars and add various safety features, making the options overwhelming. So, which one you should consider among so many vehicle safety features? Let’s have a brief look at most common safety features most people recognize on their vehicles.
Airbags are designed to add protection to your seatbelts. Many people mistaken airbags as substitute for seatbelts. You should know that airbags and seatbelts should be there in case of frontal crashes for your best protection.
Seatbelts can hold the occupant in place in the seat therefore, they help lessen the risk of the occupant to strike in the interior, collide with other passengers, or eject as a result of impact created by sudden braking. Cars today has seat belt warning feature, designed to remind the occupants that seatbelts have not been fastened. While wearing a seatbelt does not always prevent injuries, it can surely provide protection if properly worn.
Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
ABS allows the driver to maintain control on the steering wheel during panic braking, which is an important factor in preventing collision. Non-ABS or conventional brakes can lock up vehicles when in hard braking situations. ABS is proven very effective during winter when roads are likely to be slippery or wet.
All seats - front and back - should be fitted with head rests.
Head rests can prevent whiplash in rear impact crashes. In case of a rear impact, your head will extend backward from the torso in the initial stage, and then throw forward if without head rest, therefore creating what is called a whiplash. To avoid whiplash, the head rest should be positioned as high as the center of gravity of the head, which is eye level and higher. Your head rest should be as close to the back of the head as possible.
Electronic Stability Control
This safety feature is designed to assist drivers retain control of the vehicle during high-speed turns or slipper roads. ESC works well with anti-lock braking system as it automatically applies the brake to a single wheel.
Traction Control (TC)
TC, also known as acceleration slip regulation (ASR), is designed to prevent accident during an excessive throttle and the road condition is slippery. It works by preventing loss of traction from the drive wheels, therefore ensuring maximum contact between the road surface and the tires.