When you think of car safety, you probably think of the features like seat belts and air bags that are standard technology today. But with the technology in our vehicles constantly improving, there are many more safety features available that can help to make every drive you take a safer one. And whether you are looking to purchase a brand new vehicle or a used model, safety features should be one of your top priorities. Listed below are a few checks to perform and features to consider when test driving potential vehicles.
Look Around You
The very most important thought to take into consideration when you get behind the wheel of a car is the way you feel. Do you feel comfortable in the driver’s seat? How well can you see in every direction? How big are the vehicle’s blind spots? Ask these questions and others like them as you are test driving potential cars, taking the time to test out three point turns, parallel parking and backing into parking spots.
Also look at the size of your vehicles from a safety standpoint. To be safe on the road, you need to feel comfortable driving in your lane, parking your vehicle and backing it up. And while we often associate increased size with increased safety, this isn’t necessarily so if you do not feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel of a big truck or SUV.
Review Structural Integrity & Safety Features
No one wants to think about the possibility of a crash when they are purchasing a new vehicle, but it is important to know how the vehicles you are interested in perform during crash tests. Kelley Blue Book’s Safety Center is an incredible resource to use when looking into the safety ratings and specific features of the vehicles you are interested in purchasing.
Must-have safety features include air bags, antilock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability programs (ESC).
Consider Popular Safety Assist Technologies
Once you are sure that the vehicle you are interested in purchasing offers all the safety features you require, you may also want to consider safety assist technologies. Reversing cameras are one of the most popular options, as they help to prevent back-up mistakes while helping to ensure the safety of those around you.
Autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning (LDW), blind spot monitoring (BSM) and fatigue monitoring systems (FMS) are a few other features that are growing in popularity, although they are currently only available in premium vehicles.
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