Drive Safe: The 5 Best Car Safety Features for 2021
Posted by: Lydia on 16/11/2020
Every year, manufacturers roll out vehicles that are faster, more powerful, and even more affordable than models they’ve previously released. However, there’s also another aspect of car creation that improves year over year, and too often it's not given the attention it deserves: car safety.
Safer car technology means more enjoyable driving. It means greater safety for those in the car, and those all around the car. It can even mean more money saved, as even with insurance, a minor fender bender can still put a real sting in the hip pocket. For anyone interested in a new vehicle, here are 5 of the best car safety features for 2021.
1. Blind Spot Monitor
Blind spots have been the bane of drivers' existence since driving began. Blind spot technology monitors a car’s blind spots using cameras placed beneath the wing mirror. By taking dozens of photos a second and letting a driver know via a flashing light or beep when the path isn’t clear, this tech helps prevent any driver from absent-mindedly moving their car into a position that would cause them to collide with another vehicle.
2. Rear-View Camera
Historically, reversing a car was one of the most dangerous maneuvers for drivers and those around them. This is why rear-view cameras have been such a fantastic addition to modern cars. Instead of having to adjust their positioning, a driver can look directly at the dashboard as they reverse. Many cars now will also warn drivers by beeping if something is in their path, and some will even brake automatically, which brings us to the next safety feature to look out for.
3. Autonomous Emergency Braking
Even the most committed drivers can momentarily become distracted while driving. Maybe an unexpectedly loud ad comes on the radio, one of the kids yells in the back seat, or the glare from the sun makes it difficult to see clearly. If the path ahead is clear, this usually doesn't cause any issues, However, there are times when another car or pedestrian will have made its way in front of you. In this case, autonomous emergency brakes can save the day. By utilising sensors at the front of the vehicle, this safety tech can automatically apply the brakes if it senses there will soon (as in under a second) be too little space left between you and the car in front of you.
4. Adaptive HeadlightsThe human eye has a rapid reaction time to visual stimulus. Research suggests we can perceive a change in something within our field of vision in just 180–200 ms. But oftentimes this can be too slow to make an adjustment necessary to prevent an accident. This is where adaptive headlights can be lifesavers. By automatically making adjustments to your car’s lighting depending upon current speed, elevation, and steering data, adaptive headlights help prevent you from getting caught in an accident due to low-light.
5. Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)Checking your tyre pressure is something that could and should be done at home before you begin a drive. You certainly don’t need to take out a pump every time you head towards your vehicle, but a quick walk around your car to confirm there’s no damage or anything stuck in your tyres is a good practice. When on the road, it's clearly not possible to do so, and that’s why the TPMS is fantastic — if your tyre pressure starts to drop suddenly, this system will let you know about it.
A True Awareness on the Roads
It’s also important to recognise that maximising car safety always starts with the person driving it. The reality is that not all drivers are as careful as others. This means that when it comes to driving, it’s important to be really proactive. That can involve not only what goes on inside the car, but also the changes happening outside it.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has slowed things down for a time, in countless communities across Australia the population has been rapidly growing. Neighbourhoods are becoming denser, and a number of cities across the nation currently have major infrastructure projects underway that are expected to go for a long time. They'll make road work signs, construction crew, and delays a common experience in daily driving for anyone who lives nearby.
So even if you’re fortunate to have a perfect accident-free driving record, it’s wise to factor in the rapid changes we’re seeing in our neighbourhoods, and how that could make your daily commute more challenging. After all, safety tech could help prevent an accident if you’re about to have one, but an alert driver has a number of advantages over even the best safety tech and could prevent their car from getting into the danger zone altogether.
Maintaining Safety Means Safety Maintenance
Car safety is also about maintenance. You can be the best driver in the world, but if your engine starts wafting smoke while you’re driving, your visibility will be dangerously limited. That’s why being consistent and vigilant with your car’s upkeep is critical. This entails doing at-home work on your car and servicing regularly with your mechanic, as well as visiting your mechanic if any think any problems have arisen.
Ultimately, driving is one of the most dangerous activities most people undertake on a daily basis, so it can be wise to do everything possible to limit the risks. if you’re looking for a new car, it can be wise to factor these safety features into your search, to give you peace of mind and help you fully enjoy each day’s drive.
What other car safety features do you know of that are fantastic to have in 2021? Let us know in the comments below.