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Car safety features you need to know

A modern car has working safety systems that are working efficiently and can save you from accidents. In the past several years, the growth of driver-assistance safety features has made an impact. They are so many today you can get confused about which technology is in your car and what it does.

Knowing in detail how these features operate and how they can protect you from accidents are the key when buying a new car. You need to decide if these features are worth your extra money when buying a car.

If you happen to own one of these cars with all these features, you should know how they work and why sometimes they fail to work. You should also know what to do if you get a security alert to an impending incident. I have researched current driver assistance safety features where you will have a glance at them.

An Adaptive cruise control

This is a feature that works magic when there is a slower car ahead of you. It comprises a car’s radar and camera modules. The system detects a slower car in front of you and help maintain a specific distance from the vehicle in front. Many cars have three options where you can select a distance you want to keep off. In some advanced options, your car will even stop if the car in front of you also stops. The car will start moving again when the traffic begins to move. This feature can protect you from hitting the car from behind and getting in trouble with traffic rules.

An Active Park assist.

This system can help you measure empty parking spots. This is possible with the help of sonar and radar. The system steers the car into the empty parking slot when the driver accelerates. Note these features can come in parallel or perpendicular parking or both.

The technology is not yet perfect but with time this is expected to improve.

The Emergency Braking

This safety system helps you avoid collision. The system is equipped with a forward-facing camera and a radar that detects a collision, an object, or a pedestrian ahead. The technology applies brakes if the driver does not apply brakes on time. Some vehicles even have this technology which works the same way when the car is reversing. Many test has proven that this technology works as intended although the drivers need to be more careful when using the technology since it can still fail. It is good to note that some systems work at low speed while more advanced ones also work at high speed. This system is aimed to be standard by 2022.

The Automatic High-beams lights

This technology might seem to be new but it may have existed since the 1950s when they were implemented on Buick, General Motors’ Cadillac, and Oldsmobile cars. Unfortunately, the system was not working so well because it relied on light-sensitive sensitive sensors that were not reliable. Today’s technology is controlled by reliable cameras that can detect between oncoming vehicles and overtaking one.

The Blind-Spot Monitor

This is a system with high-tech sonar sensors on the bumpers. It alerts the driver when the adjacent lanes seem to approach a sharp bend that might be a black spot. It sends a warning by flashing some lights in the exterior mirror. Some vehicle even beeps or use voice assistance to warn the driver. This technology seems to work well as it continues to be improved.

The Driver attention monitor

This system helps in monitoring the behavior of the driver and sends some warnings if the driver is not following the rules.

Other important features you can research are, Foward collision warnings, Lane-departure warning, Lane-keeping assistance,

night vision which is available in luxury cars, parking sensors, Pedestrian Detection, Rear Cross-traffic Alert, Semi-autonomous driving mode, and traffic sign recognition. You can check the features your car has and see how you can make use of them.

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