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7 New High-Tech Features that Enhance Car Safety

Remember when anti-lock brakes, dual airbags and automated seat belts were considered cutting-edge safety features? Vehicle safety technology has come a long way over the years, and increasing numbers of auto makers – from Toyota and Volvo to Ford — are offering advanced features as “standard” equipment on high-volume passenger vehicle lines.

In the past, groundbreaking technological advancements were confined to mostly high-end luxury cars. These days, you can shop around for vehicle safety features that fit your lifestyle and budget, whether you’re looking for better traction control, need help monitoring blind spots or want an alarm that automatically sounds if you nod off at the wheel.

Here’s a round-up of some of the most exciting high-tech features that can help improve safety and reduce your chances of being involved in a traffic accident.

7 car safety features that can save lives 

  1. Stability Control sensors – Automatic sensors will slow down individual tires when turning to help the vehicle stay on course and avoid losing traction
  2. Blind spot monitor – Blind spot detectors alert drivers with a blinking light or audible alarm if a vehicle, pedestrian or bicyclist is in their blind spot
  3. Driver Assist/Collision Warning System– Internal vehicle cameras monitor the surroundings during travels, providing visual or audible warnings if a potentially hazardous situation is detected. The system can even initiate automatic brakes when necessary.
  4. Rear-view back up camera – Shows live footage of the area directly behind your vehicle, allowing you to back up without risk of hitting a person or object
  5. Adaptive headlights – Automatically adjusts and enhances illumination depending on road conditions, helping you see better and drive more safely at night
  6. Driver Alert Control –  Detects erratic driving behaviors such as lane drifting or abrupt deceleration, making an audible sound. By monitoring driver alertness, this safety feature can help prevent accidents caused by drowsiness or other impairment.
  7. Lane-Keep Assist –  This camera-based feature is designed to keep you in the center of the lane. If the system detects that you’re drifting off course or into a lane without a turn signal, it will alert you with a flashing light, vibration or alarm. Some systems will also automatically steer you back in the proper lane, or apply brakes if needed. 

Many of these new auto safety features are ideal for less experienced motorists and those who drive frequently at night, in addition to senior drivers whose reflexes and reaction times are notably slower.

Besides crash avoidance and mitigation, another bonus of these safety systems are lower car insurance rates.

Los Angeles car accident attorneys

Technological advancements have the potential to reduce collisions and save lives. When accidents do happen and serious harm results, it’s crucial to work with a personal injury lawyer who gets results.  Ellis Injury Law specializes in car accident and personal injury litigation throughout California, and leverages the experience, resources and skill to win fair compensation for victims.

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Additional Resources on New Car Safety Features:

  1. Business Insider, Don’t buy a new car unless it has these 4 safety features http://www.businessinsider.com/best-new-safety-features-in-cars-2016-8/#blind-spot-detection-1
  2. Consumer Reports, Cars With Advanced Safety Systems https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/cars-with-advanced-safety-systems/
  3. USAA, Tech Features That Improve Car Safety https://www.usaa.com/inet/wc/advice-auto-safetyfeatures?akredirect=true
  4. Bank Rate, Car safety technology of the future http://www.bankrate.com/auto/car-safety-technology-of-the-future/