Today's new cars are packed with safety technology that helps protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians. But which ones are the most important to look for when buying a new car? Here are some of the safety feature must-haves for your next vehicle:
Safety Features That Come Standard
Some important safety features are now required on new vehicles. These include front airbags, electronic stability control, safety belts and the LATCH child safety seat system. Other features, such as side-curtain airbags, aren’t standard but are becoming common on some new cars. Review additional safety features at Safercar.gov.
New Technologies to Consider
Once exclusive to luxury vehicles, crash avoidance technology is now available on many new models. This can include:
- Forward collision warning These systems use an audible warning to alert drivers when they are coming up too close to a vehicle in front of them. “Systems with autonomous braking also back up warnings with an automatic application to the brakes,” says David Zuby, chief research officer for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and its Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI). “Our research shows that both help reduce crashes.”
- Adaptive headlights These headlights pivot toward the direction you’re traveling and are great for improving visibility around curves. When the HLDI studied adaptive headlights offered on Acura, Mazda, Mercedes and Volvo models, it discovered that they lowered property damage liability claims by as much as 10 percent. For added safety, Zuby also recommends HID headlights, adaptive high-beam assist and night view technology.
- Blind spot detection Sensors serve as second eyes, alerting drivers of objects in their blind spots. Though less research backs up the benefits of blind spot detection, Zuby recommends it. “Whether or not it’s effective, when we’ve talked to vehicle owners with cars equipped with blind spot detection, they universally agree it’s a good thing,” Zuby says.
Learn which vehicles are equipped with crash avoidance systems.
Additional Auto Safeguards
Keep in mind that safety features aren’t a substitute for safe, defensive driving. If you need a brush up on your skills, consider taking a driver safety class. Need more incentive? Taking a class may make you eligible for discounts on your auto insurance.
The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.
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