The Top Vehicle Safety Features in 2020
What are the safety features of a modern car? Drivers are protected more than ever before with revolutionary safety technology, including anti-lock brakes, stability control, airbags, and more. When choosing the ideal car for you, it’s important to not overlook safety features when you compare different makes and models.
While most safety features are standard on new cars, there are some more recent vehicle safety advancements that are well worth seeking out in your next car.
If you’re looking for a safe ride, we can help. We have compiled a vehicle safety features list to give you a rundown and what to look for in 2020 and beyond.
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
Autonomous Emergency Braking uses sensors to detect the proximity of vehicles or obstacles in front. If the sensors detect that you may be about to crash, it applies the brakes to minimise the force of impact at a lower speed, which can be a life saving safety feature depending on the circumstances, and can even have the potential to avoid a crash altogether.
AEB has become a feature that an increased number of drivers are looking for when purchasing a new car. A massive benefit of Autonomous Emergency Braking is that it can react before the driver’s foot hits the pedal and can be life-saving when the driver doesn’t react in time.
Safety Exit Assist
First introduced by Hyundai, Safety Exit Assist lets drivers know when it's safe to open the doors when vehicles or bicycles may be approaching from behind. Safety Exit Assist acts as an extension of the blind spot monitor and can prevent accidents from occuring when children open car doors.
For example, if you are pulled over on the hard shoulder or at a lay-by, the Safety Exit Assist would only let you out of the vehicle if the road is clear and it is safe to exit the vehicle. This feature has the potential to avoid a fatal accident.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
If you’re a fan of cruise control or regularly use motorways, you’ll love the latest safety feature of Adaptive Cruise Control. While standard cruise control allows you to maintain a constant speed, you can’t always take advantage of the feature when in traffic on the motorway.
However, Adaptive Cruise Control, enables you to maintain distance from vehicles in front up to your maximum chosen speed. This means that if the car in front begins to brake, your own vehicle would also follow suit and begin to brake also.
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning is highly useful when driving on long journeys. The feature triggers a beeping noise or a vibration in the seat when you drift out of your lane on the motorway or dual carriageway.
It works by using a camera to detect when the vehicle crosses over white lines or unintentionally leaves the lane. The feature aims to prevent collisions with vehicles driving in other lanes if a driver loses concentration.
Reverse Park Assist
Even the most experienced drivers will do anything to avoid having to parallel park. However, with Reverse Park Assist technology, reverse parking couldn’t be more simple.
By hitting a button, the technology safely parks your vehicle as it steers the car into the correct parking position. With some of the top manufacturers providing this feature in their models, such as Ford, Volvo and Vauxhall, parking collisions are a thing of the past.
Blind Spot Detection
One of the most common reasons for collision is the lack of blind spot vision. With Blind Spot Detection, the feature monitors the road on both sides of your vehicle to detect when another vehicle is in your blind spot.
If you begin to indicate to alert others that you intend to change lane, the feature will trigger a warning to alert you not to change lane as a vehicle is in your blind spot. This feature is available on some of the latest Volvo, Audi and Hyundai models.
Rear Cross-Traffic assist
If you’re one to drive into your driveway rather than reverse, you’ll understand the close attention you must pay in order to carefully reverse back out of your driveway. Rear Cross-Traffic Assist aims to take the danger out of reversing from a blind driveway by indicating if there are any vehicles or obstacles in your reverse area.
The technology provides a safe judgement with sensors that can monitor traffic on both sides of the road, then providing a visual or audible warning if something is in your way or oncoming.
In order to safely manoeuvre without any mishaps, some of the latest models, including the Volvo S90, Nissan Qashqai and the Peugeot 3008 provide 360-degree view so you have the ability to see what’s around you when parking.
The feature operates when you are driving at slower speeds of up to 6mph as it indicates when you are looking to park the vehicle.
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