Today’s automobiles offer several ways in which to make you and other occupants of your car safer than ever before. Let’s take a look at seven safety features that are found in many new cars.
1. Seat Belts
Seat belts have been in use for many decades in cars and still provide a valuable asset in automotive safety. Although their design has changed little, newer materials have made them stronger than ever.
Car tyres are on the front-line of safety for any car, new or used. Unfortunately, there is a budding economy in Australia concerning the purchase of used tyres from foreign markets. Although many of these tyres are considered road-worthy, up to 30% or more may not be and may pose considerable risk to the occupants of the any car they are place upon. Purchasing new tyres is by far the best safety option.
Both interior and exterior lighting are important. However, without proper exterior lighting you will have difficulty seeing road hazards ahead. Make it a point to clean head lamp lenses at least once each month and to keep the wind screen clear of debris. Check lights at the rear of the vehicle to be certain those behind you can see you clearly.
4. Child Restraints
Child restraints are required for any child under the age of 7. Not only is this the law, but it is an important factor in keeping your children safe during a collision. Be certain that any child restraint system is fully functional and fastened according to the manufacturer’s suggestions.
5. Braking System
The braking system of new cars is similar to what cars have used for many decades, but there have been some innovations over the years. ABS or “anti-lock braking system” brakes reduce the potential of the wheels to lock in place during sudden stopping and thereby reduce the chance the car will lose control and slide. Older vehicles do not have this feature and are more likely to spin out of control during sudden stops.
Airbags are found in practically all new cars and can provide protection during frontal or side collisions. Sensors in the car act quickly during an accident to deploy the airbags, saving thousands of lives over their many years of use.
7. Bull Bars
Bull bars are an addition to some vehicles that may or may not be needed. The purpose of bull bars is to provide additional protection on the front of the vehicle during an accidental animal-strike. City-driven vehicles have no need of such equipment and may in fact endanger pedestrians and other drivers.