Even the best drivers need a little help when it comes to staying safe. For this reason, many car manufacturers now add high-tech safety features that can keep you safe in the event of an accident, or even prevent one from occurring. Unfortunately, these features can hike up the price of an automobile and deter the consumer from buying a safe car. In fact, many drivers often wonder if the added expense of the safety features are even worth it. Most experts will tell you that they are.
The Top Safety Features All Drivers Should Have
Before you make your next vehicle purchase, review the newest safety features that are available. If possible, select a car that has these features. Although they may raise the price tag, they can save you money on medical bills—and possibly your life—in the long run.
- Electronic stability control. Have you ever had to turn your wheel suddenly and drastically to avoid hitting another driver, person, or animal that comes into the road? Or were you engaging in dangerous behavior when behind the wheel and weren’t paying attention to something that was occurring in front of you? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve spun or plowed out. Electronic stability control (ESC) can prevent that dangerous aftermath from occurring. ESC is designed to help drivers maintain control of their vehicles by automatically applying pressure to only one brake to limit the chances of spinning out or plowing out. Just using one brake helps to correct the direction of the vehicle, and encourage it to proceed the way that the driver intends.
- All-wheel drive. This safety feature helps to maximize traction by distributing power to both the front and back wheels, which can come in handy when traveling on slick roads or those that have sharp turns. The only limitation to this feature, however, is that it does not prevent the drive wheels from slipping when you apply excess power during acceleration, unless you combine it with traction control.
- Anti-lock brake systems. Most vehicles already come equipped with anti-lock braking systems (ABS), which were one of the first modern safety features available. This system prevents a vehicle’s wheels from locking during “panic” braking, or when a person suddenly presses hard on them. ABS helps to maintain control of the vehicle, which is often difficult on slick roads or during abrupt stops. ABS usually come standard, but the type of ABS you get may vary. For instance, SUVs, trucks, and vans may have all four wheels equipped with the system, or only two. As you may imagine, four-wheel ABS helps to control all wheels on the vehicle, whereas two-wheel ABS only manages two wheels.
- Head injury protection. Traumatic brain injuries are often life-changing and can even result in death. One way to combat the chances of receiving such trauma is with the help of head injury protection. The protection consists of foam or other energy-absorbing material located under the trim of the vehicle interior. Head air bags are designed to cushion the head in the event of a crash, or even rollover event, and can prevent the head from coming into contact with the ceiling of a vehicle.
- Head restraints. This safety feature is simply an extension of the vehicle’s seats that can limit movement during a collision. Most effective during rear-impact collisions, head restraints can prevent neck injuries like whiplash, or even traumatic brain injuries. Some restraints are automatically adjusted with movement of the seat, while others are only moved manually. The most effective, however, are those that reposition themselves dynamically in a crash.
Even the Best Safety Features Can’t Always Stop Injuries
Just as the best drivers can’t always prevent accidents from occurring, the best safety features can’t always stop injuries from taking place. If you’ve sustained injuries as the result of a crash that wasn’t your fault, the legal team of Wayne Wright may be able to help. Contact us today by calling 800-237-3334 to learn how we may be able to get you the compensation you need that can cover medical bills, vehicle repairs, and time lost from work.