What do you think about when trying to maximize safe driving and avoid auto accidents? Do you do your best to be a defensivedriver? How about abiding by the rules of the road? What about ridding yourself of all distractions while driving – like texting or eating in the car?
These are all important measures to take as a safe driver, but what about the safety of your vehicle? From seat belts to airbags, many features of your car can mean the difference between a minor and a serious accident. Take a look at some features to keep in mind when looking for a safe vehicle.
Weight is one of the simplest features to understand when wanting to maximize the safety of your car and prevent yourself from getting into auto accidents. Understanding the weight of your car can help you understand potential problems with tipping, speeding, and crash absorption. The average car in 2017 weights around 4,009 pounds – about 1000 pounds heavier than the average car 30 years ago. This is due to heavier engines, different materials in seats, increased interior room, and more features.
Seat belts are another basic feature to think about when looking for a safe car. Cars today have a variety of seat belt features, like adjustable upper belts, seat belt pretensioner, and rear center seat lap/shoulder belts. Seat belts are one of the best methods of protection in case of an auto accident and you should always wear them when driving.
- Adjustable upper belts adjust according to the rider’s size to maximize comfort
- Seat belt pretensioner tightens your seat belt automatically in the case of an accident
- Rear center seat lap/shoulder belts are perfect for children sitting in rear seats, especially when they are in booster seats
Head – Related Safety Features
There are several head-related safety features that you should look for when finding a new car. Ask about the interior materials of your vehicle. Are the interiors composed of shock-absorbent substances like foam to protect your head in case of an accident? Does the car contain head airbags? How many head restraints does the car have and do they adjust automatically in case of an auto accident?
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
ABS is a system, present in most cars, that stops your wheels from locking when you suddenly brake. ABS also gives the driver continued steering control. Both of these features are important in case of an accident. However, if you don’t understand how your ABS system works, you may not be able to use it if you get into an automobile accident. Take the necessary precautions to educate yourself on your car’s ABS functions.
It is important to keep in mind some of these safety features when looking for a car. Yet, no matter how many of these features your car has, many car accidents are a result of human error and not car system failure.
That means we still need to drive as responsibly as possible for our own protection and for the safety of others on the road. In the unfortunate case of an vehicle accident – either due to your car’s functions or human error – don’t hesitate to give us a call; we’re always happy to help.