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Car safety is important to all drivers. If you are getting ready to buy a new car, it’s a good idea for you to look for a few basic safety features. Below are the nine features that every car needs to keep you safe on the road.
Perhaps the most common safety feature in a vehicle, these belts keep you inside the vehicle when you are in a crash. They also have a few new features with which you should become familiar. New seatbelts should have an adjustable upper belt, a pre-tensioner that removes the slack during a crash, and emergency features that allows for give in extraordinary circumstances. New cars should also come with rear center seat shoulder belts for older children and those who in rear seat boosters.
The weight of your car can play a huge role in safety. Heavy cars stay on the road more easily and are less prone to being flipped. If you want maximum safety, you want a well-built, heavy car.
Energy-absorbing materials now line the vehicle’s interior, though most drivers can’t see the material. These protective devices deploy like airbags during a roll, so ask about them when looking at a new vehicle.
Also common in cars for the last thirty years, air bags help to prevent drivers and passengers from hitting the dash or steering wheel during impact. Air bags are not always safe, though, and it’s important to keep children away from them until the age of 12.
If you look at the headrests on a new car, you’ll notice that they have slight extensions. These rests limit head movement during crashes, helping to cut down on the possibility of whiplash. These restrains can be adjusted manually in most cases, though luxury cars have restraints that can be adjusted automatically with the seat.
This basic system improves the stability of your vehicle while you apply power. This helps to keep your wheels on the ground and helps you to avoid accidents. Most cars with traction control also have four wheel ABS equipped.
ABS stops wheels from locking during the break, which in turn allows for steering control during an emergency. This incredibly common system saves more lives than you might think. ABS doesn’t guarantee that you’ll avoid a crash, but using it quickly can save your life.
Not all cars have all-wheel drive, but it can help to maximize traction. This, in turn, keeps the wheels from slipping when you accelerate. All-wheel drive is very useful in areas that have frequent rain or ice.
Electronic stability control is usually included on new vehicles under a variety of names, but it always does the same thing. If a driver starts to over or understeer, it kicks in and applies the brake to one wheel. This in turn helps to keep vehicles from bouncing off objects and roll.