Car-Safety Features Your Vehicle Should Have

If it’s been awhile since you purchased a car, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the safety features that many of today’s new vehicles have. In fact, new cars are dramatically safer than vehicles that were manufactured just 10 years ago.

Here’s why. Many new cars have:
  1. Better airbags. Airbags have been around for awhile; however, today’s cars now have front airbags as well as airbags mounted on the side in the front and back seats, as well as side-curtain airbags.
  2. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS). To stay safe in your older car, you may still need to “pump” the brakes. A car that has ABS employs a system that will automatically pump the brakes for you, prevent them from locking up and let you steer in hazardous conditions. If your car has ABS, your insurer may even give you a discount.
  3. Electronic Stability Control (ESC). This system monitors the car’s steering for scenarios where you may lose control of the vehicle. ESC checks if your car is traveling in the same direction as the steering -- 25 times every second. If it detects a dangerous situation, like your car begins to slide out of control, it will automatically apply the brakes and slow down the engine until the car levels itself out.
  4. Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS). A handy system that checks the pressure inside your tires, if your vehicle’s tire pressure becomes low, the low-pressure light will come on. This feature will help you avoid gas-guzzling situations (driving with low tire pressure requires more fuel) and will prevent a tire blowout.
  5. Backup cameras and sensors. These features do exactly what the name says: The backup sensor alerts you if your car gets too close to another object (like when you’re parallel parking) and the camera lets you see what’s behind you to avoid a collision.

Investigate these and other safety features when you’re ready to buy a new car. The experts at Park Subaru are happy to help you review your options and choose safety features that match your needs.