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Critical Car Safety Features You Should Not Go Without

Safety features on a standard car used to only consist of airbags, traction control, 3-point seatbelts, and anti-lock brakes. As technology continues to advance, new safety features continue to be added. Improved safety features have been shown to significantly lower the risk of injury and road fatalities. According to a survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2012 alone, there were 7,700 fewer driver deaths than there would have been if safety features had not developed since 1985. Here are 5 car safety features you should not go without.

1. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

Sudden accidents happen. We cannot always predict what the car in front of us – or in front of them – will do. That, combined with an increase in distracted driving, makes AEB lifesaving. AEB works by beginning to brake for you if the system senses a potential collision with the driver failing to react in time. IIHS data has shown that rear-end collisions decrease by 50 percent on vehicles equipped with AEB.

2.  Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning is feature that can get your attention in a dangerous situation. It works by buzzing or sounding some type of warning to let you know that you are crossing the white lines, often leaving your lane.

3. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Available in most new vehicles on the market, ACC uses radar and sensors to lock onto the car ahead and keep a safe following distance, accelerating when necessary, or slowing as traffic does the same. ACC is predominantly used for individuals on long highway drives, or when congestion gets heavy and confusing. If the system predicts a potential collision, it will brake heavily and tighten your seatbelts.

4.  Blind Spot Detection

Every car has a location that is very difficult to see, despite the best use of side and rearview mirrors. Blind spot detection alerts you to approaching vehicles within your blind spot, often beeping or lighting up your door mirrors to alert you.

5. Rearview Camera

Prior to rearview cameras, drivers had to be aware of anything that could be in their path when backing up. And while diligence will always be important, rearview cameras allow drivers a clear (often 180 degree) view of what is behind them. This can help protect children and animals, both of which often prove more difficult to see.

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November 5th, 2019