Vehicles equipped with the right safety features keep drivers and passengers safe from injuries and wrongful death. Technological advances over the past decade are making vehicles safer than ever before. Drivers who own vehicles equipped with these technologies are safer than drivers of older vehicles with aged protections that may not hold up in a crash.
Forward and Rear Collision Warning Systems
Forward and rear collision warning systems sense a vehicle’s distance from other vehicles and fixed objects. They can detect when pedestrians step into the roadway and automatically apply braking systems to slow the vehicle before a collision occurs. These systems utilize a combination of sensors, lasers, and cameras that create a safety zone around the vehicle.
Lane Departure Warning Systems
Drowsy driving and distracted driving are common causes of motor vehicle accidents. Lane departure warning systems initiate a buzzer or warning lights when the vehicle veers out of the proper lane of travel. This alerts the driver to a potential problem and can help reduce crash risk. Many of these systems can also take over control of the vehicle and steer it back into the proper lane without driver input.
Poor visibility is a frequently cited cause of motor vehicle accidents. Adaptive headlights follow the path of the vehicle so blind spots don’t cause a wreck. This increases safety during low-light conditions, snow, fog, and rain.
Rear-end collisions are some of the most common motor vehicle accidents in the United States. Many are caused by poor visibility of the vehicle that is rear-ended. LED taillights outshine standard lights and enhance the vehicle’s visibility to other motorists on the road. This makes it safer while parked at stoplights or while changing lanes on the road or highway.
Loose gravel, rain, snow, and ice can diminish friction between the wheel and the road. Traction control systems adjust engine operation so that the vehicle can regain traction when sensors indicate the vehicle is in danger. Coupled with the appropriate rain or snow tires, traction control systems help ensure motorists are always in control of their vehicles.
Seat belts are not a new technology, however, advances in seat belt design make modern seat belts safer. These include advanced sensors that provide the appropriate tension based on passenger weight and stronger materials that minimize the risk of breakage.