Car Safety Features and Advancements

The issue of car safety is on everyone’s lips these days.  With the countless number of crashes that are due to the malfunction of some manufacturer’s vehicles–think Toyota–other car makers are taking appropriate steps to make sure their vehicles will not be slammed in the evening news.   The following is a list of typical safety points one will find in newer cars.

Stability Control

Stability control assists drivers in avoiding devastating crashes by using electronic computerized technology.  This feature comes into play when a driver loses directional control and steering.

Anti-Lock Brake System

This system is essential in preventing skidding by stopping wheels from locking up while driving on icy or slippery roads.  This brake system advancement enhances directional and steering control.  An anti-lock brake system, or ABS, will pump the brake automatically in instances of sudden stops in order to help the driver gear his concentration toward steering.

Backup Sensing System

This feature is fairly new in car safety technology; it creates a warning signal when the vehicle approaches a car too closely.  This warning signal operates from a sensor that is installed in the rear portion of a car.


Airbags have been around since the first one was placed in Oldsmobile Toronados in 1973.  They automatically provide a cushion to protect passengers from the impact of a crash.  Airbags can be found in doors, steering wheels, dashboards, and the backs of seats, depending upon the year, make, and model of the car.

Adaptive Cruise Control

This amazing innovation uses a radar sensor to maintain the speed of a vehicle in relation to vehicles that are detected and are a safe distance away.  Adaptive cruise control utilizes a car’s throttle and brakes in order to keep the car safely away from surrounding cars while maintaining highway speeds.

Traction Control

Traction control is used alongside anti-lock brake systems in order to stop wheels from losing traction, locking, and skidding.

Crash Resistant Doors

These doors are ideal for negating the impact of side collisions.  They deflect a side impact’s force and transfer that force away from a passenger’s head and instead towards their legs.

Crumple Zones

Automobile manufacturers have created this feature in order to absorb the energy of a collision during the impact of a crash and alternatively divert the impact’s energy away from passenger compartments.  This is done by making sure the car will crumple in previously determined manner.

Head Restraints

Although head restraints are underrated by many consumers, their value should not be overlooked.  They help limit severe head movement in the event of rear impact crashes.  In turn, passengers have a reduced risk of suffering from devastating neck injuries.

All-Wheel Drive

All-wheel drive gives power to all wheels on a vehicle to allow optimum traction when accelerated.  This keeps the vehicle from slipping and skidding.

Emergency Response

Every emergency requires a different response and the response system of a car will detect the exact cause of the emergency and respond accordingly.  Some responses include unlocking doors, turning on hazard lights, cutting down fuel consumption, and producing crash details.

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