New Vehicle Safety Features to Keep You Safe On the Road

February 3, 2020 – Adam Mann

If you’re in the market for a new car or other motor vehicle, these are the newest safety features you should look for when making a choice.

While driving, every single decision you make behind the wheel has the potential to put others at risk. Your safety, as well as the safety of your passengers, is your top priority when operating a motor vehicle. Prior technological advancements, such as the airbag have helped to minimize the damage and injuries caused by accidents, while others like the ABS (Anti-Lock Brake) system are aimed at preventing accidents wherever possible.

In recent years, however, vehicle safety features have progressed rapidly, and as more cars, trucks, and SUVs with advanced safety systems have hit the road, the number of collisions involving other motorists has fallen. If you’re in the market for a new car or other motor vehicle, these are the newest safety features you should look for when making a choice.

Rearview Video Systems

Since the year 2018, all new vehicles have been required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to have an integrated backup camera system. The camera, mounted on the rear end of the vehicle, feeds a display on the interior of the car that allows the driver to see a clear picture of what’s behind them when reversing. Additionally, many vehicles are now implementing a full 360° array of cameras that give the driver what appears to be an aerial view of their vehicle when parking or maneuvering tight spaces. This is an exceptionally powerful tool that has made it incredibly easy to avoid damaging your vehicle and the ones around it when parking.

Forward Collision Warnings

Forward Collision warnings are able to monitor the speed of your vehicle, and compare it to that of those ahead of you. The system can detect if your vehicle is approaching the vehicle ahead at a dangerous speed, and provide a warning to alert the driver of the impending crash. The early warning gives you a moment to react to the situation and hit the brakes. This is especially helpful in preventing rear-end collisions caused by distracted drivers.

Automatic Emergency Breaking

An automatic emergency brake system is most effective when used in tandem with a forward collision warning system. Rather than relying on the driver to react to the impending collision, the system takes control and stops the vehicle before it hits the one ahead of it. This is also effective for preventing rear-end collisions.

Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking System

Much like the automatic braking system applied in preventing a forward collision, this new and effective system works to prevent vehicles from colliding with pedestrians. The sensors are able to detect the presence of pedestrians ahead of the vehicle, and in some cases apply the automatic emergency braking system in order to prevent the vehicle from hitting the pedestrian.

If you’re in the market for a new car, truck or SUV, we recommend vehicles that come equipped with these new safety features. The advantages granted by these new features are unlike anything drivers have had before and have been adopted by every mainstream automotive brand available. An investment in these safety features is also an investment in your safety, as well as the safety of your family, friends, and your vehicle.

At Cohen and Cohen Law we specialize in a wide variety of automotive accidents, and our highly skilled team is standing by to hear your case. If you or a loved one are seeking an experienced personal injury attorney, feel free to contact us today.

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