Safety Features You Should Look in a Car

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Safety Features You Should Look in a Car

There are many considerations in a car purchase. It can be the car’s type, model, engine, design or features. One of the most important things you should consider, however, is the safety feature. It doesn’t matter whether it is a new or used car, you should take time to ensure that the car is safe. To help you, below we listed several safety features you should look in a car. Let’s start.

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Seatbelts
The purpose of seatbelts is to keep the passengers inside the car in case a crash occurs. Seatbelts will also significantly reduce the risk of collisions between the occupants and the dashboard, steering wheel or windshield.
Nowadays, seatbelts design has been improved to offer better protection and comfort. For instance, many seatbelts come with adjustable upper belts which offer better shoulder belt comfort and seat belt pre-tensioners which immediately retract in event of a crash, resulting in better protection.

Airbags
Next to seatbelts, airbags are one of the most important safety features you should look in a car. The most common airbags are front airbags. Front airbags are designed to prevent the car’s occupants from colliding with the dashboard, steering wheel or windshield. There are also side airbags. These airbags are designed to reduce the risk of the car’s occupant from colliding with the door or any other objects that crash through the car.

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While airbags can be a lifesaver for most people, there are instances where the deployment of airbags results in adverse effects. For example, when the car’s occupants don’t wear their safety belts.

Lots of people think that front airbags eliminate the need to wear seatbelts. This is obviously wrong. On the contrary, the effectiveness of airbags depends greatly on seatbelts, which help in keeping the occupants in their place in the event of a crash. When both seatbelts and airbags are used properly, the risk of heavy injury will be reduced significantly.

Traction Control
Traction control offers better protection by improving the car’s stability. This feature controls the amount of the drive wheels’ slip when excess power is applied. It will adjust the engine output automatically. In some traction control features, during acceleration braking force is also applied automatically to selected wheels.

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Electronic Stability Control
Extreme steering maneuvers often lead to loss of control. This is what the electronic stability control is designed to prevent. The feature is able to sense when the car is plow out (due to understeer) or spin out (due to oversteer). When such situation happens, the brake will automatically be applied to a single wheel. The purpose of this feature is to reduce crashes which result in rollovers.

Weight
Lastly, weight. According to crash data, a heavy car offers better protection than their lighter counterpart, including if the two cars have the same safety features. This is especially true if the crash involves only two cars.
When you are shopping around remember the features above. Be sure that the car that you are going to buy has them. Safety should be the first and foremost concern when you drive on the road, so make sure that your car can provide it.

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