7 New Car Safety Features That Could Save Your Life | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

7 New Car Safety Features That Could Save Your Life | Penney Auto Body & Glass Vancouver

Ever wish your car could react for you? With new advancements in technology, it just might be able to.

The car industry is booming with new ways to prevent vehicle collisions, blind spots, and lane changes. Some cars can even sense when you’re driving drowsy and alert you with a notification.

In newer cars, these safety features are often included in the base model. If they’re not already included, upgrading can cost you thousands.

It can be difficult to know where to start or even keep track of everything available and determine if the feature is worth it when you’re buying a new car. Here are seven features to take a closer look at:

1. Automatic parking

Trying to squeeze into tight spots with other cars zooming past you can easily fry your nerves. Auto-park drivers only need to pull up to the car in front of the open spot, and the car will use cameras and radar to park themselves. Drivers may still need to switch into reverse and drive, and regulate the brake pedal — but the hard part of maneuvering into the spot is taken care of.

Car makers all have different versions of automatic parking. 

2. Adaptive cruise control

Today’s cruise control doesn’t just keep you at a certain speed — it also uses radar to detect traffic patterns and slows and speeds up accordingly. You will still set speed parameters like normal cruise control but it also selects how much distance to leave between the car in front of you. Adaptive cruise control is also usually blended with collision warning or automatic braking features.

This feature is ideal for stop-and-go traffic, long trips and jam-packed commutes. This feature is typically the priciest and can cost over $1,000 on its own.

3. Forward collision prevention/automotive emergency braking

Collision avoidance refers to a car’s ability to detect an impending collision with another vehicle or large object, and slow or stop before it happens. The system can be for highway speeds, but some operate only at lower speeds.

Rear-end collisions are extremely common, so 20 car manufacturers committed to standardizing automatic braking on all new vehicles by September 2022.

4. Lane monitoring/lane departure warning

Lane monitoring uses road markings to detect if you’re drifting without a turn signal and will alert you with a sound, flashing light, or vibration. The feature favours highways, as it can have trouble reading country or suburban roads.

5. Blind-spot monitoring

Blind-spot monitoring is a favourite feature these days, with many buyers making it a deal-breaking inclusion.

This feature senses cars in your blind spot and warns you with an audible or visual alert — often a ring of light around your side view mirror. Some cars go further: showing camera footage of what’s in your blind spot. This is particularly helpful in SUVs and pickup trucks with difficult blind spots.

6. Backup camera

Few features offer such peace of mind as the backup camera. As they are becoming more standardized, these cameras provide live footage of what’s behind your car, viewable from a screen on your dashboard. Federal rules will require backup cameras on all new vehicles starting 2018.

7. Alertness monitoring

Long trips, bumper-to-bumper traffic and late nights can cause even the best of drivers to drift off — and the mistake can be disastrous. Automakers are combating this with sensors that detect erratic driving likely caused by tiredness, such as drifting across the road or sudden deceleration. 

Penney Auto Body & Glass, Vancouver’s Auto Body Collision Repair Shop, is an expert in paint and body repair and cares about the welfare of your car and your personal safety. If you get involved in an automotive accident or you're a victim of a vehicle break-in or theft be sure to contact Penney Auto Body for your auto body, collision repair, and car painting services.

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