Different car features have surely decreased the chances of us getting into car accidents or moreover getting injured or dying as a result of those accidents.
Some of the features are seat belts, airbags, anti-lock brakes etc. These have been made compulsory for cars to have in order to be sold in Australia. Technology keeps advancing more and more and better vehicles are being made which have better protection before the accident occurs known as active safety kit and protection after the accident has occurred known as passive safety kit.
Here are few active safety kit features:
Electronic Stability Control
This is a new development when it comes to car safety. This software actually reduces engine power on its own, obviously different systems have different software so some operate individual brakes etc. They are able to detect when the car can skid or lose stability and thus, automatically reduce the engine power.
Although different acronyms have different methods by which they operate but the main objective is to keep the car moving onto the same path, especially when the tyres could lose drip due to snow or rain etc.
Autonomous Energy Breaking
This is new in the book of vehicle safety, but still has made its mark already. Although given as an option most of the time, it is still advancing towards being a standard provision. This system has numerous cameras and sensors installed that keep check on the road in front of your car. If in car, the car is about to collide, it gives an audible alert message to the driver and if the driver shows no response in time then it takes action by itself. It causes the car to stop in emergency so that the impact of collision can be minimised. In some cases it completely prevents the accident from happening like at lower speeds.
If your car has this installed then insurance cost is reduced by a lot as this reduces the risk of damage and accidents.
Adaptive Cruise Control
This is a software that actually uses radar to keep a certain set amount of distance from the car in front.
If your car is getting too close to the car in front then this software automatically reduces the car speed causing it to slow down and when the car moves then it will increase the speed of the car again to the initial speed before.
The more advanced technology is coming up with ways in which it works in a slow heavy traffic too where it can completely get the car to stop before starting again.
Lane Keeping Technology
This system helps drivers to ensure that they’re driving in their own lane without drifting off towards the edges, especially on motorways or entering into the other lane. This is usually done by an alert message or haptic feedback that may include vibration of steering wheel.
The newer versions actually adjust the steering wheel by themselves to keep you in lane, however if the driver shows no response soon then they also stop working.
This along with some other features actually help relieve some of the stress that comes on long journeys however this does not mean that you can leave your car unattended by any means.
This is provided by using different hidden cameras that provide different views of the car which can help you when it comes to parking as well as reversing the car in a heavy traffic area.
Speed Limiting Devices
This is a simple feature that stops the car from exceeding a certain set speed. These can be set to any speed and can reduce the engine power once they’ve been crossed/reached.
Smart Seat Belt Reminder
Nowadays, its become the new normal to stop using seat belts which causes extra injury if one gets into an accident. The newer systems have advanced quite a lot and instead of giving a simple small reminder to wear seat belts, the system itself senses which seat is occupied and if one is wearing a seat belt or not and then has an alert noise that reminds the driver or passenger to fasten up.
All cars come with basic headlight systems but there are additional lights that are added on the corner.
The more advanced systems actually work in a way that they’re directly linked to the steering wheel, as the steering wheel and tyres more, the light beam direction also moves accordingly to provide maximum light in that direction.
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Not having proper car tyre pressure can actually lead to a lot of accidents as it causes problems in the car’s handling. This system warns you whenever the pressure is increased or decreased from the optimum pressure.
There are actually 2 types:
- Direct tyre pressure monitoring This works by fitting in a sensor in each tyre that continuously measures the pressure of each tyre and if any pressure is detected to be different then a warning signal is sent to the driver.
- Indirect tyre pressure monitoring This works by measuring the speed of each tyre with respect to the other tyres, if it is changed then it assumes that it could be because of the tyre pressure. This system uses ABS (anti-lock brake system).
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