The Best Safety Features On Today’s Roads



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These days, cars come with all kinds of techie bells and whistles. Some of these are genuinely useful and practical, whereas others are useless gimmicks. However, one thing we literally can’t get enough of is safety features. With airbags and emergency braking now becoming universal standards, manufacturers are pushing towards new frontiers of vehicle safety. Here are some of the recent technologies that are making our roads safer…

Blind Spot Detection

On the surface, blind spot detection is a pretty simple feature. It’s basically just a light on your wing mirror that blinks whenever a vehicle or other object is in your blind spot. In some cars, it also gives out an auditory alert so that you know not to change lanes just yet. As simple as the concept is, this is a real game changer for vehicle safety. Countless fatal car accidents are caused by improper lane changing. We’re sure you can think of at least one time where you’ve gone to change lanes, only to suddenly jerk back when you suddenly realize there was a car in your blind spot. This will also avoid any incidents involving cyclists and pedestrians somewhere outside your field of vision.

Rear-View Cameras

This is another remarkably simple feature, and comes as standard in many cars these days. If you’ve been driving with the help of a rear-view camera for long enough, it might be pretty mind-boggling to think about how we managed to get by before this tech hit the market. Seeing everything behind you on a screen is incredibly handy for getting out of tight parking spaces, and saves you from hitting anyone or anything as you reverse out of your driveway. The government recognizes the value of this, and in 2014, the NHTSA made rear-visibility tech mandatory for all new vehicles, effective May 2018.

Lane-Keeping Assist

Here’s another piece of tech designed to cut down on the amount of accidents caused by poor lane changing. When it’s activated, lane-keeping assist technology will stop you from drifting off into another driver’s lane. Cameras detect the lane markings in order to keep you in the center of yours. If the system detects that you’re straying too far to the left or the right markings, it will subtly adjust your steering and get your car back into the proper position.

Heads-Up Displays

One of the things that makes driving inherently dangerous is that you’re constantly having to glance away from the road, and look down at a phone or an infotainment system to check your map. This is not only irritating, but extremely dangerous as well. However, increasingly common heads-up displays are gradually phasing this problem out, by projecting navigation information onto the windshield, right in front of your eyes. With this tech in place, you’ll never have take your eyes off the road even for a fraction of a second. This may sound trivial, but in high-risk situations, a moment is all it takes to turn a drive into a potentially fatal catastrophe!

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