Understanding Your Car’s Safety Features

While you probably know that car insurance is a top priority, when it comes to your checklist for responsible driving, are you aware that there are certain safety features that are becoming just as important as reliable car accident cover?

A few years ago, you were lucky if your vehicle had power steering - never mind the variety of advanced safety features that are available to you nowadays!

From Adaptive Cruise Control to Antilock Brake Systems and more, it is evident that the motor car industry has evolved from strength to strength in terms of functionality and safety regarding new vehicles on the market.

Here is a short breakdown of the best vehicle safety features that your new car should possess:

1. Antilock Brake System (ABS)

If your car is equipped with ABS, you have a better chance of avoiding a collision should you ever be forced to swiftly apply your brakes. This is due to the fact that ABS prevents your car’s wheels from locking in the event of emergency braking. In turn, the ABS makes it possible for you to maintain control of the car in terms of steering which then helps you to avoid a crash. It is important to note, however, that if you are driving at high speeds or making extreme steering manoeuvres, a crash or accident is still a possibility.

2. Traction Control

The quality and traction of your tyres greatly influences your vehicle’s ability to avoid any unnecessary accidents – especially when you find yourself driving in wet or frosty weather. With traction control safety features, your car is able to maintain a better grip and sense of stability on the roads in all weather conditions, helping you avoid wheel spin and providing you with improved control.

3. Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Should you ever lose control of your vehicle, the Electronic Stability Control safety feature will automatically take over in an effort to bring the vehicle back to safety. Computerised technology is able to detect when the vehicle in question is at risk of skidding or rolling as a result of over-steering or sudden, irresponsible manoeuvres.

4. Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA)

Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA)

Obviously, speed is one of the prominent causes of accidents on the roads of South Africa. It is because of this that the safety feature of Intelligent Speed Assist was created. ISA alerts the driver should he / she exceed the recommended speed limit. These alerts come in the form of both audio and visual signals.

5. Reverse Sensors

If you have ever had trouble with regards to your parking or reversing skills, reverse sensors are sure to make your life that much easier. The reverse sensors have been designed to detect whether or not you are about to hit something whilst backing up. If there is something in your way, you will be notified by a loud beeping noise. In turn, this feature makes the actual reversing process a lot simpler and safer for all.

6. Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control

Using advanced technology, many newer vehicles come equipped with the safety feature known as Adaptive Cruise Control. Sensors that are attached to the front of the vehicle are able to detect when there is no longer a safe following distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. If this is the case, your car will automatically slow down, and when traffic starts moving again, the vehicle will accelerate in order to reach the pre-set speed.

As you can see, there is indeed a variety of amazing safety features available to those who are looking to buy a new car. However, the number one safety feature that no driver should ever do without is that of reliable car insurance. If you have been looking to get in touch with reputable insurance companies about affordable insurance for your vehicle, be sure to contact MiWay today by visiting www.miway.co.za/contact-miway.

Learn more about South Africa’s dependence on the Motor Car Industry by clicking here.

Also view:

Cruise Control and Road Safety

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Brakes Braking and Road Safety

Safe Driving with ABS (Anti-Lock Brake Systems)

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