Cars have become increasingly safer over the years. New safety features that prove themselves are gradually becoming standard on all new cars, including airbags and anti-lock brakes. But, the technology hasn’t stopped there, and many new types of safety controls are being used on new model cars to add to their safety ratings and make them a better option for anyone concerned about road accidents.
New Safety Features for Cars
Here are a few of the major safety features showing up in cars that could change the safety landscape for every vehicle:
- Back-up Cameras
Standard in many 2017 SUVs and crossovers, the back-up camera is a great feature to help you reverse in tight spaces. It shows the ground and space behind your car as you’re reversing, so you can avoid unexpected collisions. Cars like the 2017 Honda CR-V come standard with back-up cameras to help you drive easily in every situation.
- Back-Up Sensors
Even if you don’t have a back-up camera, most new cars in 2017 have back-up sensors that will alert you when you’re reversing too close to a large object. Parallel parking is a lot easier when you have back-up sensors to warn you about the other car being too close behind you.
- Parking Assist
Not as common yet, this feature is showing up a lot more in newer models than in older models. It allows you to turn on an automatic parking feature that lets the car guide itself into a parking spot that may be a bit too tight for you to navigate well.
- Voice Controls
Voice-activated commands help you keep your eyes on the road instead of having to divert your attention to find the right buttons and knobs.
- Adaptive Headlights
A nifty new technology that’s still pretty rare on standard cars, adaptive headlights are connected to the steering and will illuminate in the direction of the turn you’re taking to help you see around dark corners to catch sight of things you may not have noticed in the darkness.
- Blind-Spot Warning
It’s difficult to compensate for your blind spots, even with side mirrors and rear-view mirrors. So, a blind-spot warning is a fantastic feature that will alert you if there is someone in your blind spot when you’re trying to switch lanes.
- Lane Departure Warning
This feature alerts you if you start to drift out of your lane. If you get distracted driving, it may just save you from making a big mistake and trying to over-correct later.
- Forward Collision Warning
As a newer feature, this warning system uses either cameras, lasers, or other systems to measure any changes in speed between you and the car in front of you. It will alert you if that car is closing in too quickly, so you can stop. Some even automatically put on the brakes for you in more time-sensitive situations.