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Automobile Safety Options for 2020

Car Safety Features You Should Know

The sheer amount of cars and trucks on the road these days makes a mishap inescapable, so knowing which automobile safety tech you must have becomes important. We’ve gone from the days of optional seat belts to mandatory airbags, traction control, as well as tire pressure monitoring systems in practically all new vehicles on the market. The checklist of optional safety technology that’s currently available on a lot of automobiles is staggering, and we’re striving to make sure that your brand-new MINI is the safest one yet.

How Are Automobile Safety Ratings Calculated?

Currently, the NHTSA rates automobiles on a 5-Star range based upon their performance in 3 specific accident tests: Front Crashes, Side Collisions, and Rollover Collisions. While collisions can take place in many situations these sorts of accidents are the most common, and based upon the study of these mishaps, the appropriate safety tools are installed in a car; so let’s take a quick look at each circumstances:

Front Crash Scenario

This is when two automobiles are going in opposite directions and strike each other in a head-on crash, or when a car loses control and strikes a thing (like a tree, energy pole, or a structure) in a head-on crash.

Side Collision Situation

One of the most common side accident scenarios is when one car doesn’t stop at a stop sign or traffic light and strikes the other vehicle on the side. This is frequently described as a t-bone, as the automobiles develop a ‘T’ shape when they collide. An additional kind of side crash is when an automobile loses control and slides sideways into an obstacle like an energy post or tree.

Rollover Situation

This scenario is when you lose control of your car and it rolls over. A rollover can be caused by losing control of your vehicle or a combination of serious maneuvers such as fast, high-speed turning to miss an obstacle.

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

Despite all of the arising automobile safety features, there are just a couple of that are considered mandatory by law. These mandated safety features consist of Seatbelts, Airbags, LATCH child safety seat system, Tire-Pressure Monitor, Electronic Stability Control, and Backup Cams. All-new vehicles will have that tech and in addition, the NHTSA advises these Motorist Assistance Technologies:

Forward Crash Warning

This function finds a potential accident and signals the vehicle driver a warning.

Automatic Emergency Braking

This tech automatically applies the brakes when a forward crash is imminent.

Lane Departure Alert

This system keeps an eye on lane markings and warns the driver if they unintentionally leave their lane.

Backup Cam

While now standard on most new vehicles, adding a rear video camera to older vehicles is recommended.

This list shouldn’t be interpreted as an extensive list of safety features, there will constantly be many numerous and emerging technologies that will help keep you much safer.

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