Everybody wants to see the roadways get safer — and that includes auto manufacturers. To that end, they have long been developing new safety devices that aim to protect both drivers and their passengers.
Many safety devices start out as add-ons and luxury items before gradually being adopted as industry standards.
What are some of the newest automotive safety features?
In a vehicle, there are several safety features that help protect occupants. While many of them have been included in vehicles for decades, there are some features that are newer to modern vehicles today.
For example, pre-collision technology, such as automatic braking, is one kind of newer feature that may help prevent collisions. Some of the latest auto safety features include:
- Adaptive cruise control, which allows vehicles to travel on cruise control while maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles
- Blind-spot warning, which lets you know if there is an object in your blind spot
- In-cabin cameras, which allow drivers to see what’s happening in the backseats of the vehicle
- Automatic emergency braking, which detects forward crashes and alerts the driver. A lack of a response from a driver will trigger automatic braking features
- Adaptive headlights, which increase visibility at different angles while driving
All of these features are helpful for drivers, as are many additional auto safety technology improvements. With that being said, these protections alone cannot prevent all collisions. Drivers still need to pay close attention to the road and to be aware of their surroundings.
Don’t underestimate older safety features
Older safety features still have a place in vehicles today. Seat belts, bumpers, hazard lights and other older safety features can still help protect you while you drive. Combined with today’s technology, it is easier than ever to avoid a collision.
If someone does hit you, remember that they may be held accountable for their actions. It’s your right, as a victim of a car crash, to make a claim and to have them cover your financial losses.