Car safety features have come a long way and can now prevent many common types of accidents. From blind-spot monitoring systems to lane departure warning systems, these car safety features save lives by avoiding injuries and property damage.
Forward collision warning systems utilize radars or cameras to detect when vehicles are closing too rapidly on them and alert drivers accordingly, some systems even applying brakes if needed.
Seat belt reminders are an effective way of encouraging drivers and passengers to fasten their seatbelts, providing both visual warnings and audible tones to encourage use. Studies have also demonstrated their efficacy at increasing seat belt usage rates as well as decreasing injuries and deaths caused by vehicle collisions.
Uber and Ola have recently started asking their driver partners in Australia to ensure rear seat passengers wear seat belts, even though front seat use rates have plateaued; expanding this device to rear seats could reduce trauma on our roads.
Current occupant crash protection regulations mandate vehicle seat belt reminder systems consisting of audible or visual signals lasting four seconds or longer, however this system may not be effective enough in motivating occupants to wear their belts. To increase its effectiveness and increase Benefit-Cost Ratio over existing minimum requirements manufacturers could incorporate enhanced systems that flash or chime continuously until fastening occurs – this would significantly enhance effectiveness.
Car headrests help prevent drivers and passengers from moving their heads backward in relation to their spine, which could result in whiplash injuries. Furthermore, many headrests feature impact-absorbing material to further mitigate any injuries sustained from rear-end collisions.
Frontal collision warning systems utilize radar, lasers and cameras to monitor your vehicle’s proximity to other vehicles. When too close to one that has stopped or begun slowing, flashing lights and high-pitched beeps will warn of imminent collision, with some systems even providing automatic braking to minimize collision-induced effects.
Rear-cross-traffic alert uses ultrasonic transducers similar to parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring to warn drivers of pedestrians or cars approaching from behind their car from either the sides, particularly helpful when driving in parking lots where smaller vehicles can be difficult to spot. Though this feature isn’t legally mandated, it may make an important difference in terms of how often accidents happen in your life and those around you.
Although advanced driver assistance systems like blind spot detection and rear-view cameras provide invaluable aids to safety, mirror adjustment remains an integral component of your car. By learning how to position and adjust them properly — as well as regularly inspect them for dirt or damage — mirror adjustment will enable more of your surroundings to be visible while providing for safer lane changes.
Dual side mirrors consist of flat or convex glass enclosed within an adjustable housing attached to a vehicle’s door or fender, designed so drivers can tailor them according to their physique and seating preference.
Positioned correctly, side mirrors help eliminate blind spots on a vehicle and eliminate the need to constantly look over one’s shoulder or use an expensive blind-spot warning system. They also make parking simpler as drivers can more easily see curbs and other parked cars in their rearview mirrors – plus many newer cars offer powered side mirrors which automatically lower in reverse to help navigate tight parking spaces more safely.
Parking your car can be one of the most daunting car tasks and potentially one of the most dangerous as it often results in low speed collisions between other cars and pedestrians.
Parking assistance systems offer various features to assist drivers in maneuvering their vehicles into and out of spaces safely and smoothly. At their core, basic systems use cameras to provide real-time overhead views of the car’s surroundings – typically projected onto an infotainment screen along with graphics or lines showing where obstacles lie in proximity – with audible warnings (typically appearing as triangles or bars on the driver’s infotainment screen) intensifying when approaching objects.
More advanced parking assistance systems automate every stage of parking assistance from finding available space to steering, acceleration and braking without driver intervention. They rely on sensors such as short-range radar, ultrasonic and high-performance inertial measurement unit sensors as well as vision processing, localization mapping and path planning algorithms for their operations.