With the steady progression of technology, many industries have continued to evolve. One such industry is the auto industry. Whereas auto safety used to mean seatbelts and later airbags, technology has worked its magic to make us safer, adding various features to our daily mode of transportation.
According to a survey conducted by America’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), this has actually helped to save lives. Improved auto safety features have been shown to substantially lower the risk of injury and fatalities on the road. In fact, in 2012 there were 7,700 fewer driver fatalities than there would be if vehicle safety hadn’t evolved since 1985. Here are 5 auto vehicle safety features that you’re not going to want to drive without.
1. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
As distracted driving continues to rise, accidents continue to happen. Whether you have made a poor judgment and looked away from the road, or whether the car in front of you did the same, braking suddenly and causing you to do the same, AEB can literally prove to be a lifesaver. The system works by braking for you if it senses that a collision is imminent and the driver is failing to react. According to IIHS data, the number of rear-end collisions has decreased by half on those vehicles that have AEB.
2. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
By now, most of us have heard of cruise control. However, what you may not have heard of is adaptive cruise control (ACC). ACC works by maintaining a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you. It does so with the use of sensors and radar. This technology is great for when you are taking a long drive on the highway or when you are dealing with congestion and stop and go traffic. Similar to AEB, if ACC determines that there is a potential collision, it will tighten your seatbelt and brake for you.
3. Rearview Camera
One of the more dangerous maneuvers when driving was reversing. In order to avoid hitting anyone or anything drivers were required to be extremely careful. Though this caution is still imperative, rearview cameras allow for drivers to see clearly behind them, often with a 180-degree view. Since animals and children are smaller, this certainly helps to protect them.
4. Lane Departure Warning
You should never drive when tired or distracted. However, lane departure warning is a tool that can save your life — and the lives of others — by alerting you that you are crossing the white lines keeping you inside of your respective lane. It gets your attention by beeping and/or buzzing.
5. Blind Spot Detection
One of the driving issues that has plagued us from the beginning of time is the dreaded blind spot. Each vehicle has a part of it that proves difficult to see from the driver’s vantage point. Detecting blind spots is extremely important in that it can prevent you from moving into a new lane at the same time that a vehicle is driving next to you in your intended lane. This often results in serious crashes and sometimes even fatalities. Blind spot detection works by beeping or lighting up your door mirrors whenever there are any vehicles approaching your blind spots.
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