Over a million people have survived car accidents thanks to the seatbelt which was invented back in 1959. Technology has moved on so here are 10 of the best car safety features on modern cars. Here are ten of the best new car safety features available today…
Ten Of The Best New Car Safety Features
1) Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
Most new cars feature this safety essential which uses sensors and cameras to monitor the road ahead. It alerts you via a flashing graphic and a beeping noise if a collision is imminent. If you don’t act, the system automatically performs an emergency stop.
2) Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
A common feature on modern cars, the lane departure warning system alerts you when you drift out of your lane without using the indicators.
3) Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
This system uses cameras and sensors to warn you if you leave your lane and actually intervenes if you don’t react, bringing your vehicle back into the lane using the steering, and brakes.
4) Driver Fatigue Alert
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says that driver fatigue is a contributory factor in 20% of road accidents. Most manufacturers fit driver alert systems, to give you a warning of when to take a break on long journeys.
5) Rear/front Cross Alert
After driving a car with this feature, you’ll never want to be without it again! It senses traffic that crosses your path as you reverse: perfect for when you’re emerging from the driveway.
6) Blind Spot Monitoring
Blind spots can cause accidents, especially on motorways. Blind-spot monitoring uses sensors to detect vehicles out of your sight.
7) Head-up Display (HUD)
Inspired by fighter planes, a head-up display beams information into your field of vision. Basic HUD systems have a small transparent screen popping up from the dashboard. More expensive cars project onto the windscreen.
8) Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Adaptive Cruise Control lets you choose the speed you want to drive at, but also uses sensors to detect vehicles ahead. It automatically slows down your car to keep a safe distance. Once the road is clear, the system accelerates back up to speed.
9) Night Vision
Night vision uses a thermal image camera, to look for ‘warm’ objects ahead. It picks out cyclists, pedestrians and animals up to 200 metres away.
10) Automatic High Beams
Switching to dipped headlights from high beams to avoid dazzling oncoming cars is hard work. Automatic high beam systems change from low to high beam and back again.
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