3 Must-Have Safety Features in Your Next Car

April 15th, 2016 by

SafetyFor most drivers, safety is a primary concern every time they get behind the wheel. Certain safety equipment is standard on almost every car, truck, and SUV. This includes seat belts and a driver’s side air bag. But there are many features that remain optional. To help you prioritize, here’s a look at three must-have safety features for your next car.

More Air Bags

Increasingly, vehicles have a broader range of air bags in place to reduce the risk of injury in a crash. Side air bags deploy in response to side impact, preventing occupants from hitting hard against the door. Only head air bags are effective in rollover accidents, reducing the probability of head injuries.

Traction Control

This feature prevents tires from spinning in place when the driver pushes the gas pedal. The system works by engaging the antilock brakes or reducing engine power briefly. If you live in an area with a cold climate where there’s snow and ice, you can really benefit from traction control because it helps enable the tires to grip and go in slippery conditions. These systems enhance a vehicle’s stability.

Lane Departure Warnings

Thanks to sensors that monitor lines on the pavement, vehicles with lane departure warnings let drivers know if the vehicle drifts out of the lane when the turn signal is not engaged. Different versions of this safety technology use different warnings; some have audio alerts, some utilize visual cues on the dashboard, and others cause the steering wheel or driver’s seat to shake.

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