An increasing vehicular population and chaotic traffic condition make it essential for all car manufacturers to equip their vehicles with adequate and relevant safety features. Though these features cost extra, driving without them can be hazardous. Here are some key safety features that must be a critical factor to consider when you buy your next car.
- Pre-Collision Technology – Erratic driving and wandering animals on the road make this essential in cars that ply on Indian roads. PCT ensures impact protection by tightening seat belts, aligning airbags and enhancing brake’s shock-reducing ability automatically when any crash is detected. Forward-Collision-Warning, Automatic emergency braking and Pedestrian detection systems predict collision and enable the driver to take immediate action.
- Parking Sensors And Camera – Extremely helpful while parking and driving through narrow, heavy traffic and steep roads, these features are like true-blue friends, alerting us to any hindrance. Now cars are installed with 360-degree cameras to provide a clear image of the surrounding areas.
- TPMS – The tyre pressure monitoring system consists of pressure-sensitive sensors placed in the tyre that warn us when the tyres are under-inflated. Under-inflated tyres can lead to accidents and vehicular malfunctions; hence TPMS is something most manufacturers are including in all their cars.
- Seat Belts and Isofix Mount – Now a mandated feature in all cars, seat belts hold us in place during a collision, preventing us from being jerked forward or thrown out. Seat belts are mandatory for the front seat occupants and these days even the rear passengers are advised to wear seat belts, especially while driving at high speed. All cars are now also required to have Isofix mount that help facilitate position the child’s car seat with the car’s fixed placement.
- Air bags – These life savers act as supplementary measures that open from front and sides of the car to protect us in case of an impact. After the collision is detected by crash sensors, it triggers the bag to inflate and deflate as per need. Many cars also have torso protecting side airbags for rear seats.
- Body Design – Perhaps the most crucial safety aid in the car’s exterior structure which should have a high-tensile steel engineering to protect from any kind of hazard. The scrunch areas like the fenders, front and rear chassis cover, cross beams are essential areas which bend on any impact to divert forces away from the passenger cabin, saving the insiders. It’s important to remember that making any significant change to the car body might impact its ability to protect the occupants.
- Blind Spot Warning (BSW) – The BSW system warns us about vehicles that are missed in our ORVMs. With the support of a radar or camera, either a warning light flashes or an alarm beeps to let us know there is a vehicle in our blind spot.
- Driver Fatigue Sensor – This is essential for long trippers and night drivers. The driver fatigue sensor detects changes in eye movement and sends a signal to the driver to stop and have rest. Many cars provide warning after every two hours to have a break during long drives.