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4 Essential Automobile Safety Options for 2020

Car Safety Features You Should Know

The sheer number of automobiles on the road these days makes an accident unavoidable, so knowing which vehicle safety features you need to have ends up being vital. We’ve gone from the days of optional seatbelts to mandatory airbags, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring systems in practically all new cars and trucks on the marketplace. The checklist of optional safety technology that’s currently offered on a lot of vehicles is astonishing, and we’re striving to make sure that your brand-new Volkswagen is the most secure one yet.

Just How Are Automobile Safety Ratings Calculated?

Currently, the NHTSA judges cars on a 5-Star scale based upon their effectiveness in 3 certain collision tests: Front Crashes, Side Crashes, and Rollover Crashes. While crashes can occur in various scenarios these types of accidents are the most typical, and based upon the research of these accidents, the appropriate safety gadgets are implemented in an automobile; so let’s take a quick look at each circumstances:

Front Accident Situation

This is when 2 cars are going in opposite directions and strike each other in a head-on accident, or when an automobile loses control and strikes an item (like a tree, energy post, or a structure) in a head-on crash.

Side Collision Scenario

One of the most common side collision scenarios is when one vehicle doesn’t stop at a stop sign or traffic light and strikes the other car on the side. This is generally referred to as a t-bone, as the cars create a ‘T’ form when they collide. One more sort of side collision is when a vehicle loses control and slides sideways into an obstacle like an energy post or tree.

Rollover Situation

This scenario is when you lose control of your vehicle and it flips over. A rollover can be caused by losing control of your vehicle or a combination of serious maneuvers such as fast, high-speed turns to stay clear of a barrier.

What Vehicle Safety Features are Required by Law?

Regardless of every one of the arising automobile safety features, there are only a few that are required by law. These mandated safety options include Seatbelts, Airbags, LATCH child safety seat system, Tire-Pressure Display, Electronic Stability Control, and Backup Cams. All-new automobiles will certainly have that modern technology and in addition, the NHTSA advises the following Vehicle Driver Assistance Technologies:

Forward Collision Warning

This attribute discovers a possible crash and signals the vehicle driver a warning.

Automatic Emergency Situation Braking

This technology instantly applies the brakes when a forward accident is looming.

Lane Departure Alert

This system keeps an eye on lane markings and alerts the vehicle driver if they inadvertently leave their lane.

Rear-View Camera

While currently standard on many new automobiles, adding a cam to older automobiles is suggested.

This list should not be taken as an extensive checklist of safety features, there will constantly be many different and emerging technologies that will help keep you more secure.

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