When giving gifts, practical shoppers may be looking for technology that can keep their loved ones safe on the road. From simple apps that alert parents that their teen driver is speeding to new vehicles with the latest car accident prevention technology, some great deals on automobile safety tools are available.
Advances in crash prevention technology offer an opportunity to get your family a useful resource that could keep them safe or invest in an upgrade for yourself. Consider these options:
Buy Technology that Can Be Used in Any Vehicle
Some of the newest vehicle safety options are simple solutions to prevent dangerous accidents. If you’re not looking to purchase a new car this year, there are many choices for pre-crash systems that can still be added to any vehicle. This includes:
Wireless Rearview Cameras
If your car does not already have a backup camera, this is a great way to boost safety. These devices consist of a camera mounted near the license plate and a monitor installed inside the car.
Once you connect the system to a power source, any car can be equipped with lifesaving backup camera technology. In addition to making parking a breeze, these systems dramatically reduce collisions that occur while in reverse, according to Edmunds.
Apps that Change the Game
Like any other problem in life today, apps help improve vehicle safety. GPS apps with voice commands ensure that drivers don’t need to take their eyes off the road. They can even assist with upcoming hazards, such as slow traffic and detours that drivers wouldn’t usually see ahead of time.
Vlingo will read text messages and emails to the driver and respond via voice command while the vehicle is in motion. There is even an app called Speed Demon that parents can install on a new driver’s phone to send an alert whenever the teen exceeds the speed limit.
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Options for Roadside Assistance and Help After a Crash
While they are not necessarily new, options like OnStar and roadside assistance memberships bring peace of mind that may be worth the money for a subscription. Although some cars come standard with OnStar crash reporting technology, Wired reports that the system can be added to any vehicle along with a subscription for the service.
If you are not interested in OnStar, a membership to a roadside assistance club might be a good option. For example, American Automobile Association (AAA) provides tire changes, gas, towing coverage, and other vehicle-related help for a small monthly fee.
Cars With Collision Avoidance Systems – the Newest Tech in Vehicle Safety
It is no secret that dealerships offer some of the best deals on new vehicles during the holidays. They often have a shipment of the following year’s models and need more space on the lot. If you are looking to purchase a new (or new to you) car, why not buy one with the latest safety features?
What Is Crash Avoidance Technology?
Collision avoidance systems are a collection of features designed to prevent accidents. Comparison shopping can get confusing because each manufacturer uses a slightly different name to describe similar features. No matter what it is called, the research is indisputable that this technology makes the road safer for drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
From systems that alert drivers to various issues to technology that takes over steering and braking to avoid an accident, this technology is designed to eliminate some errors that drivers make while behind the wheel.
What Is Autonomous Emergency Braking?
Automatic braking is one of the most effective collision mitigation technologies. It is offered as a part of many accident prevention packages. While it is not standard in all cars as of 2021, it is available in many makes and models.
Rear Automatic Braking
Rear automatic braking will slow or stop a car when it is in reverse, usually by using cameras and/or sensors to monitor objects behind the vehicle. According to Consumer Reports, these systems reduce reverse accidents by 78 percent. This is a significant number, especially when paired with the fact that these collisions often involve children.
Forward Automatic Braking
Forward automatic braking comes in two forms. Crash imminent braking (CIB) applies the brakes when the system senses an impending collision regardless of what action a driver takes. In contrast, dynamic brake support will kick in when a driver applies the brakes but not hard enough to prevent the accident. Both of these systems can employ pedestrian detection to reduce collisions between vehicles and people, as well.
What Is Front Crash Prevention?
Also called forward collision avoidance, front crash prevention became optional in new cars about a decade ago. These systems use cameras or lasers to monitor a car’s speed and the objects in front of it. When the vehicle gets too close, a forward-collision warning system will alert the driver with a sound and sometimes a vibration. When these systems are paired with autonomous emergency braking, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) shows that front to rear collisions can be reduced by as much as 50 percent.
What Other Features Should I Look for?
The technology behind modern collision warning systems improves every year. In fact, 20% to 50% of drivers who use any type of crash avoidance system report that the technology has helped prevent an accident. Some of these features include:
- Adaptive cruise control: Adaptive cruise control can sense when a car is approaching an object too quickly and apply the brakes before a collision occurs.
- Adaptive headlights: Adaptive headlights can move up and down and sometimes even side to side to ensure that drivers have the most expansive view of the road in front of them, even on corners.
- Lane departure warnings: Lane departure warning systems and blind-spot detection can warn a driver of an impending sideswipe collision. Some systems will even step in to control steering and braking to prevent an accident.
- Automated crash reporting: The newest cars on the market are often equipped with an automatic 911 notification. This feature notifies emergency personnel of an accident’s location.
Some of these systems do not come cheap when buying a new car, but research shows that the future of accident prevention will be well worth the cost of lives saved. Whatever you decide, if you’re buying a new car this year, you can rest a little easier knowing the future of collision prevention is already here.
Reach Out to Morris Bart, LLC, for Your Free Evaluation Today
Unfortunately, it is not always possible to prevent every accident. That is why we help victims get justice. You can speak with an attorney from the Morris Bart law office for free today. If you were hurt in a crash in our service area, we will review your case at no cost to you.
We may be able to secure compensation based on your losses and expenses, including any future medical care. We are a contingency fee firm, so we don’t collect any fees from you unless we recover compensation for you. Call (800) 537-8185 now to learn more.
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