The aspect of traffic safety has definitely evolved in the past decades. Seat belts are what started it all, protecting drivers and passengers from getting injured in the event of road collisions. Later on, airbags provided even more protection for people behind the wheel. Things have changed since then, with today's vehicles now equipped with certain innovative features that promote an even safer driving and traveling experience. Indeed, today's traffic safety advances only goes to show the endless possibilities that technology has provided us. In this day and age of automation and the potential of autonomous driving taking over the roads in the near future, the reduction of traffic crashes and resulting injuries and deaths may soon become a reality.
Basically, safety features in today's cars, which can be in the form of systems or single-entity features, have trickled into the market more than ever, all aiming to curb traffic crashes once and for all. No longer are they only capable of protecting drivers and passengers from accidents just like seat belts and airbags and all other safety features of long ago do. Now, they are installed in today's vehicles to ensure that crashes are avoided. This means that even when a driver is in apparent danger, the safety feature of his or her vehicle would do its job to help prevent mishaps from happening, all while he or she is operating the vehicle on the road.
Meanwhile, here are some of the systems and other features that are available in today's vehicles, all of which help avoid road collisions:
- Lane departure warning system - Fatigue is one of the many problems that drivers face nowadays. Indeed, dozing off while behind the wheel is a very dangerous thing to do. With the car going off course while driving on a highway lane, it is likely that he or she may get involve in a crash that could seriously or fatally injure him or her. But with such a crash avoidance system like this installed in his or her vehicle, he or she would be better off pulling by the side of the road and resting for a little while.
- Dash cameras - The massive popularity of CCTV camera systems is now taking car owners by storm. More and more drivers are using dash cameras to record their driving. Video recording while driving has been proven beneficial when you get involved in an accident as the video will serve as good piece of evidence in what went wrong. The CCTV camera systems installed in vehicles is likewise beneficial in determining the style a person drives so bad habit can be corrected promptly.
- Electronic stability control - Steering the vehicle can be tricky and challenging, especially on dangerous road curves. This is why traffic safety features in cars have this so-called ESC. Whether it is negotiating a curve or driving on a slippery road surface brought about by rain or snow, this system would activate to prevent the vehicle from skidding that could result in a rollover accident.
- Pre-crash system - Also known as the forward collision system, it has sensors that detect the traffic situation up ahead. It is similar to the lane departure system when it comes to alerting the driver, which then allows him or her to react and make the necessary maneuvers, particularly applying the car brake. Indeed, there are certain systems which are equipped with braking features that automatically stop the vehicle when the driver is not able to react on the danger ahead.
It is definitely a luxury to have any or all of these features in one's car. However, the best way to prevent an accident from happening is not to rely too much on them. It is still important for the driver to exercise defensive driving so that every trip he or she is embarking on won't result in a close call, not to mention an accident.
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