Car Safety Functions for 2020

You Should Know These Car Safety Features

The sheer number of cars on the road today makes a mishap unavoidable, so understanding which car safety options you need to have becomes important. We have gone from the days of optional seat belts to mandatory airbags, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring systems in practically all brand-new vehicles on the marketplace. The list of optional safety technology that’s now readily available on many vehicles is shocking, and we’re striving to make sure that your new Acura is the best one yet.


Just How Are Car Safety Ratings Calculated?

Presently, the NHTSA rates automobiles on a 5-Star scale based upon their performance in 3 specific collision tests: Front Crashes, Side Crashes, and Rollover Crashes. While collisions can occur in various circumstances these types of crashes are the most usual, and based on the study of these crashes, the appropriate safety technologies are installed in an automobile; so let’s take a peek at each circumstances:


Front Crash Situation

This is when two automobiles are traveling in opposing directions and hit each other in a head-on accident, or when a car loses control and strikes an item (like a tree, utility post, or a structure) in a head-on crash.


Side Accident Scenario

The most typical side collision scenario is when one automobile does not stop at a stop sign or traffic control lights and strikes the other automobile on the side. This is typically described as a t-bone, as the vehicles create a ‘T’ form when they crash. Another kind of side accident is when a vehicle loses control and slides sideways into a barrier like a utility pole or tree.


Rollover Scenario

This situation is when you lose control of your vehicle and it flips over. A rollover can be set off by losing control of your automobile or a mix of extreme maneuvers such as fast, high-speed turns to avoid an obstacle.


Some Car Safety Features are Required by Law, Which Ones Are They?

Despite all of the emerging automobile safety options, there are just a couple of that are required by law. These mandated safety options include Seatbelts, Airbags, LATCH child safety seat system, Tire-Pressure Display, Electronic Stability Control, and Backup Cameras. All-new cars will certainly have that technology and in addition, the NHTSA recommends the following Driver Assistance Technologies:


Forward Accident Warning

This tech identifies a possible accident and gives the driver a warning.


Automatic Emergency Braking

This tech immediately uses the brakes when a forward accident is looming.


Lane Departure Alert

This system keeps track of lane markings and alerts the motorist if they inadvertently leave their lane.


Rear Cam

While currently mandatory on many brand-new vehicles, adding a rear-view cam to older cars and trucks is recommended.

This checklist shouldn’t be interpreted as an exhaustive list of safety tech, there will always be many numerous and new technologies that will help keep you much safer.



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