Top Safety Features to Consider While Buying a New Car
In the modern world of automobiles, every system has gone high-tech and advanced. From autonomous driving to geo-locating your car, we have come a long way from manual operating windows to a one-touch up & down button. In the wide variety of vehicles, we see various safety aids that help the drivers get out of a perfect storm. Various sensors work in combination with the ECM and other systems of the car to keep you safe and sound on the road.
MYNEWCAR.IN explains to you the topmost safety features that you should consider while researching and buying your new car.
1. ABS (Antilock Braking System)
Being mandated by the Indian Government since April 2019, while driving in the ongoing monsoon season, ABS comes to the rescue majorly. ABS is a braking feature that works basically by preventing the wheels to lock up. While we brake hard during a panic situation, the brakes grab the disc so tightly that it tends to lock the wheels of the car producing minimum traction on the roads and losing the steering control. Therefore ABS just works at the point ensuring steering control for the driver to maneuver and maximum traction for more efficient braking. ABS also helps the overall stability of the vehicle by preventing the car from drifting or skidding in wet conditions while braking. ABS-equipped cars have a shorter stopping distance and better control of the car under heavy braking avoiding collisions and hits.
Airbags is one of the most prominent passive safety feature that we see on cars. Often mentioned as ‘SRS’ that stands for ‘Supplemental Restraint System’ , it is a protective feature that reduces the accident impact on the passengers in the car. Airbags have evolved a lot since their birth in 1941. Nowadays we see cars equipped with multiple airbags on them. We have side airbags, driver airbags, co-passenger airbags, curtain airbags, and a lot more. The system works on crash sensors that identify the collision pressure and inflate the bag when a car gets hit. The main motive of these nitrogen-filled bags is to create an impact absorbing surface between the body of the car and the occupants. The chances of survival of the occupants are more in an airbag-equipped vehicle.
3. Rear View Camera
A rearview camera along with parking sensors makes parking easier than before. With an output screen showing you the guidelines of the rear surrounding of the car, it reduces the task of looking behind the shoulder. A rearview camera is a must for vehicles that have less rear visibility. We used to see cameras earlier on luxury cars but nowadays many budget cars have them too. If you have an old car without one you can always fit it by visiting your nearest auto-accessories shop. It may cost you around three thousand with the display depending on the quality you choose. It is suggested that you opt for the parking sensors too.
4. Adaptive Headlights
Driving on country roads and ghats during night time is an uphill task. Due to the less visibility and lights of upcoming traffic, it becomes very difficult to maintain focus on our lane. Adaptive lighting with the help of steering sensors, speed sensors, and various other small motors attached to the headlight, gives the best beam possible even in difficult conditions. It adjusts the throw of light depending on the car’s angle i.e ascending a hill, turning into a specific direction, driving straight on the highway. A car equipped with adaptive lighting will give the driver the best visibility by lighting the road where the car turns. It also levels the angle of the beam automatically while driving uphill by beaming it on the road rather than the sky. Manufacturers use such advanced lighting systems nowadays that it can light up as far as 600m. Usage of high power LEDs have taken the competition to a whole new level.
5. TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System)
Tyres play a vital role in your car’s driving dynamics and comfort. Incase the tyre is under inflated, the vehicle fuel economy is reduced and may also leads to increased wear and tear of your car tyres. TPMS is an onboard tire pressure detector of your vehicle. TPMS shows you real-time air pressure of each and every wheel of your car. The data of the pressure is displayed on your infotainment screen, instrument cluster or you have a separate monitor/gauge for it. Many off-road vehicles are seen with this tech and nowadays we see them in mass-market cars too.
If your car lacks this feature, you can fit it as an aftermarket accessory too. It is advisable that once in a while you should get your pressures checked at the local tire shop.
6. ESP (Electronic Stability Program)
The Electronic Stability Program or Electronic Stablity Control was developed by Bosch and launched in a Mercedes Benz car.Over the time, ESP has become more advanced and is available even in small cars. ESP’s sole purpose is to maintain control of the car on fierce driving inputs. It uses sensor technology for identifying the steering inputs of the car and adjusts the braking performance on individual wheel to reduce understeer or oversteer. This assures maximum traction on the road and helps the car to maintain its line with optimum grip. ESP also alters throttle response on the wheels accordingly for preventing wheel spin. ESP & ABS are greatly helpful for avoiding accidents and these aids also promote safety.
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