Key Car Safety Features

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What most people don’t realize when they step foot in their car is that they are capable of harming other human beings as well as property — but they are also capable of hurting themselves. For these reasons, car safety features are included in every model and make of car on the planet.
It only takes half an ounce of gasoline to start a car (that's 1/3 of a shot glass's worth), but it only takes one misjudgment to cause an accident. Thanks to new automotive technologies that have come out in the past decade, there are now more efficient ways cars can save lives.

But if you are looking to buy an older car from used car dealers, there are a few standard car safety features you should be looking for before you make your purchase.

Air Bags: Based on vehicle reviews and ratings, you will be able to determine what make and model of car has the best air bag features. This safety feature has been a standard for all cars since 1998. These air bags deploy based on crash sensors that are connected to an internal computer and inflate in a matter of milliseconds.

Antilock Brakes: Also known as ABS, these breaks help a driver to steer while apply the breaks. Before ABS, normal breaks would cause the front wheels to lock up, preventing the driver from being able to steer the car. Now ABS has computer sensors on each tire that allow a specific wheel to either lock or continue rotating to maneuver the car appropriately.

Traction Control: This feature limits wheel spin when a car is accelerated from a dead stop so that the drive wheels have the best traction. Traction control is mostly useful in wet or icy conditions so that cars don’t fishtail or spin out when stepping on the gas. Traction control features and ABS will work as one unit in order to brake a spinning wheel in order to route power to the opposite wheel.

Seat Belts: Seat belts have come a long way since their creation. There are about 65 traffic tickets issues every minute in the U.S. — mostly because drivers and passengers refuse to buckle up. There are now seat belt pretensioners which retract the belts or take up slack. Other features include adjustable upper anchors for the shoulder belts to ensure that the belt crosses the wearers chest at the correct spot.

Tire-Pressure Monitors: Improperly inflated tires can hurt the handling and fuel economy of any car, which can often lead to a blowout at high speeds in hot conditions. As of October 31, 2006, all cars must have a low-tire-pressure warning system included in their list of car safety features.

Driving non-stop at 60 mph, it would take 157 days to drive to the moon, but if your car doesn’t have the proper safety equipment included, you may not reach your destination in one piece!

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