Car safety features are items engineered for a vehicle that help protect drivers and passengers. Automakers are competitive in providing these extras for better peace of mind on the road. Safety features help vehicles get a better insurance safety rating, and they are appealing to buyers who want to know that their vehicle will help them be safe behind the wheel.
The older, traditional safety features for vehicles focus on structural safety and passenger restraint. Seat belts are the mainstay of traditional car safety, and now lawmakers are requiring seat belt use. Airbags were developed later to help provide additional safety by limiting driver or passenger contact with the windshield or other auto surfaces.
A few decades ago, airbags began to become standard safety gear for vehicles. Since then, automakers have continued to adapt new car safety features. Many of the newest features use electronics and vehicle sensors to provide more diagnostic data that can help with safety. Items like anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, traction control and auto stabilizing features are all examples of this kind of technology.
New features continue to arrive on the market. Just a few years ago, a tire pressure monitoring system became standard on many vehicles. The tire pressure monitoring system shows drivers when a tire is underinflated and helps to prevent some emergency situations.
Research shows that safety features really do work, but none of them are a substitute for driver vigilance and safe, defensive driving. Value your safety features, but don’t let them allow you to get complacent behind the wheel.