Safety features to look for in your next vehicle

One thing we are all interested in is safety, especially when it comes to our vehicles. When you spend a large amount of time on the road, safety features are a great way to keep your mind at ease, help prevent accidents, and keep you safe if an accident were to occur. 

In the last few years, safety improvements have become more standard. As auto manufacturers become even more attune to the safety needs of drivers and their families, they’ve implemented new technology into their cars. Features such as rear passenger seatbelts, additional passenger airbags, and anti-lock brakes have become so commonplace you cannot find a vehicle without them. That said, here are more features that may be worth looking into when buying your next car:

  1. Adaptive HeadLights: The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration states that almost half of all automobile accidents happen at night, even though there can be up to 60% less traffic on the roads during those times! Having headlights that can automatically adjust to the conditions around you, help with sightlines and eliminate glare can be extremely beneficial.
  2. Blind Spot Warning & Collision Avoidance Systems: These systems are subtle but incredibly helpful to keep drivers safe. Whether it’s a split-second decision that has to be made, or attention was split between the road and your kids, these features help keep you safe! Volvo was the first of many vehicle manufacturers to introduce collision avoidance system features into their cars to assist drivers in actively avoiding collisions using relatively new radar and camera systems which have been a game-changer when it comes to vehicle safety.
  3. Telematics – General Motors was onto something when they introduced the OnStar feature in their vehicles. Today, many manufacturers offer similar technology tying GPS and mobile phone technology together to provide drivers with emergency assistance. In some vehicles this technology is adaptive and can immediately initiate when a collision occurs. 

Don’t forget, a cautious and alert driver is always the most important factor with vehicle safety, however, technology is assisting drivers in newer and more creative ways. So, the next time it’s time to buy a car, make sure you’re considering all of the various safety features available in each trim, and be on the lookout for even more technological innovations being added by car manufactures to keep you and your loved ones safe as you navigate the roads!