Car safety should never be taken lightly by car owners and to ensure safety they can adopt several practices. First, they need to follow a defensive driving approach that will keep them and others on the road protected. Paying attention while driving and following traffic regulations can help car drivers ensure driving safety with defensive driving.
Secondly, car owners should also check the safety and driver-assistance technologies that are available with their vehicles. They should learn about these features and ensure that they are functional before they leave their house. They should also learn the working mechanism of these technologies. Some safety features make use of a radar that is placed on the vehicle’s bumper or grille. If the radar is covered by mud or snow, the safety technology will not be functional. Therefore, car owners must make sure that the radars are clean. They should also stay vigilant and not completely rely on such features.
Safety features are important for every car as they help motorists avoid accidents or hurting anyone else on the road. Some safety features of a car simply warn the driver of any hurdle or danger whereas, others respond to impact on the behalf of the driver.
Given below are some of the common safety features that can be found in modern-day vehicles and how they help motorists.
Blind Spot Warning
This safety technology is extremely helpful for motorist driving larger vehicles that have larger blind spots. The blind spot warning system uses sensors to monitor the side of the vehicle. In case the sensors pick any obstacle in your blind spot, it sends a visual warning through the side mirror indicators or windshield. In some advanced versions, when the turn signal is on while changing lanes and the blind spot monitor spots an object, it will sound an audible or tactical signal to alert the driver.
Automatic Emergency Braking
This safety technology detects an object that is in the path of the vehicle and brakes for the motorist if they do not respond timely. This safety technology can potentially reduce the impact of a crash in case it is not avoided completely. Automatic Emergency Braking can help motorists avoid crashes at high speeds ranging from 30-80 km/h by scanning the road ahead at a long-range.
Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist
Lane departure warning detects the vehicle is leaving its lane when the turn signal is not turned on. It alerts the driver so that they can steer back into the lane within the road markings.
Lane Keep Assist is a technology that can detect when the vehicle is steering away from its prescribed lane. When it detects this, it can steer the vehicle back into its lane by gently moving the steering wheel if the driver does not respond to the alert. The safety technology disengages when the motorist turns on the turn signal to make a turn or switch lanes.
Adaptive Cruise Control
This safety technology alters the speed of a car once it detects an object in front of the vehicle that can cause a collision. Making use of a radar and vehicle’s camera, the adaptive cruise control can control the speed of the vehicle enabling the vehicle to maintain a safe distance from vehicles that are driving in front. There are some advanced versions that can even bring the vehicle to a complete stop in case the driver does not respond. It can then start the car again once the path is clear.
Forward Collison Warning System
The forward collision warning system also makes use of a radar or a camera to monitor the traffic flow in front of the vehicle and then sound a warning in case of any danger. The alert that forward collision warning system sends to the motorist can be in a visual or audio form. This safety technology is often paired with an automated emergency braking system that can apply brakes once the drive does not take any action after the alert.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
This safety technology has sonars or ultrasonic transducers that can warn the motorist about an object that may be behind the vehicle. This helps car drivers avoid crashes while reversing the vehicle. Some advanced versions of rear cross traffic alert also apply brakes if it detects a possibility of a collision.
Driver Attention Monitor
This safety technology monitors the driver to help prevent any accident if the driver is distracted or sleepy. The sensors installed monitor the car’s movement and the volume of steering. This enables the driver attention monitor to determine if the driver is attentive or not. The alert sent by the safety technology is in form of an audible or visual alert. Some advanced versions of driver attention monitor also have a driver-facing camera that can monitor the driver.
Safety features have evolved and improved over the years with many advanced features now being offered as standard features. Safety technologies help detect any sign of danger timely giving motorists sufficient time to respond or act on their behalf. In this way, the latest safety features of a car can take the safety of the occupants to the next level. However, these do not excuse the negligence of the driver in any way. Motorists should make sure that they are attentive and, in a condition to responsibly drive the car. Otherwise, it is best to pull over and rest instead of driving.