It is no secret that the automotive industry has done a lot to make cars safer. The new vehicles on the road today are much safer than they were even a few years ago. DriveSparkandnbsp;has reported on the following advancements that made driving a safer activity today than ever before.
- The addition of seat belts. One of the most important and widely used safety features that is in all vehicles today is the seat belt. This is why there are laws mandating that people wear them while they are riding in a motor vehicle. They are instrumental at saving lives and preventing injuries from car accidents. They can also help make airbags more effective by keeping people in the proper position during a crash.
- The addition of mirrors to the sides of the car. All new vehicles on the road today have side view mirrors. Called the Outside Rear View Mirror (ORVM) by car companies, these have been on all award winning cars since the 1940s. These mirrors are instrumental in helping drivers see what is happening on the road on the sides of the car. Currently, the mirrors are also linked to the signaling system to let other drivers on the road know when a car is about to make a turn.
- The addition of traction control systems (TCS). This is an enhancement to the electronic stability control (ESC) on new vehicles. These systems make it easier to control a car in a multitude of conditions and situations. If there is an instance where the road conditions do not match up with the input to accelerator. In a nutshell, this is critical to help drivers deal with icy or slippery road conditions.
- The advent of the tubeless tire. Tires that do not need a tube in them were invented in the 1950s. These tires have an inner tire that is made from fabric. These are great to help prevent drivers from experiencing blowouts while driving. These tires also can be driven on for some distance after being punctured. This is one of the best advancements in safety for new vehicles.
The advent of “crumple zones.” The rear and front sections of cars have now been designed to deal better with any impact. The force is now absorbed by the area of the car called a “crumple zone.” This helps when people are in a variety of accidents or collisions with other vehicles or stationary objects. These can be crucial in helping protect the people in the vehicle. I
- The advent of improved braking systems. Over the past few years electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and anti-lock braking systems (ABS) have been added to new vehicles. These are both instrumental in helping drivers can control their cars and trucks while bringing them to a stop. They also prevent the vehicles from rolling over after or during an accident.
- The addition of cameras and sensors. New vehicles today often come with the option of a read camera and sensors. These make it easier for a driver to back up safely without hitting anything that they may not be able to see in one of their mirrors. They feature a display on the main console of the dashboard. The sensors are connected to a the sound system and will make a noise if the driver is too close to an object. These are very helpful. When you are buying a new car, it is worth it to look into cameras and sensors as features to include in your car buying experience.
- The addition of airbags. After seat belts, these are the most important safety features that all new vehicles have. The addition and the improvements that have been made to airbags have saved many lives and have reduced the number of injuries in car accidents.
- The advent of voice control systems. It has been estimated that at any given moment, during the day, there are about 660,000 distracted drivers on the road. By letting drivers use voice activation, they can spend more time looking at the road and less looking at their devices. Many other features can be controlled this way such as the navigation and climate control systems.
Cars have come a long way and car companies are still working on making them safer.