What safety features to look for when buying a new car

Sheen Panel Service on 21 September 2020

If you're in the market for a new vehicle in 2020, it pays to know exactly what you need to look out for. Due to improvements in design and technology in recent years, some of the best car safety features often go unnoticed. For the sake of your safety, and that of your passengers, you owe it to yourself to seriously consider making an upgrade.

Sheen Panel Service is dedicated to keeping you and your family safe on the road. We know that sometimes, accidents are unavoidable. When the dust settles, get in touch with us for expert panel beating.

Car safety features throughout history

Traditionally, car safety was all about keeping passengers safe in the event of an accident. Engineers largely agreed that cars could be manufactured to keep people safe when it came to the crunch, rather than preventing accidents from the outset.

The advent of digital technology and an increase in computing power in vehicles has allowed designers to include a veritable buffet of features that have been designed to stop accidents from happening before they go down. In this article, we'll take a look at these new safety features and tell you exactly why you should be considering them.

1. Adaptive cruise control

Australians are fond of long-distance driving. With the average commute time and distance increasing year after year, it's plain to see just how important it is to concentrate on every leg of the journey.

Adaptive cruise control can aid this concentration. In an exciting step towards self-driving cars, premium adaptive cruise control performs a range of functions, including:

  • Using sensors to gauge the distance and speed of the car in front
  • Maintaining gaps between other vehicles with automatic braking and accelerating
  • Stop-and-go functionality to bring your vehicle to a complete stop if necessary

2. Adaptive headlights

adaptive headlights on car

Night driving is one of the most dangerous activities on our roads. Unfortunately, it's unavoidable for a lot of the population, especially in the winter months. The least we can do is shine a light on car safety features that can keep you safe when you're at your most vulnerable.

Adaptive headlights are an absolute gift for any nighttime drivers. These headlights chart and react to changing situations on the road at night, and adjust themselves accordingly. They can also:

  • Follow the curve of the road and turn of the steering wheel and adjust themselves accordingly
  • Scan the road for slower moving vehicle and adjust so as not to dazzle the drivers
  • Compartmentalise different sections of the high beam to keep other drivers safe

3. Vehicle monitoring

Driving can be hectic, and it pays to have your head on a swivel. But what if you don't have eyes in the back of your head? What if you slept funny and you can't turn your head? How will you keep a lookout for hazards around your car?

Vehicle monitoring features a range of additions to your vehicle that grant you a sixth sense for other drivers. These additions include:

  • Blind spot monitors to help you keep track of objects in your blind spot — in either a passive way, by alerting you with a beep, or in an active fashion, by braking and steering on your behalf
  • Lane departure warnings, which performs similar active and passive functions when the vehicle feels you begin to depart from the marked lanes on the road
  • Rear cross-traffic alerts, which use notifications and active braking to help keep your children and other vehicles safe as you back out of driveways and parking spaces

4. Emergency assist

Our last entry on this list actually comes into effect following a crash — however, this does not make it any less important in preserving the safety of yourself and your family. In fact, having this feature in your car could mean the difference between life and death on the road.

Emergency assist is a reactionary technology that will perform a range of functions if a vehicle is involved in a serious accident. Some of these functions may include:

  • Alerting rescue authorities when there has been a serious accident and there has been no response from the driver
  • Dialling Triple-0 automatically if the airbags have been deployed in a crash
  • Provide the location of the crash to ambulance services via GPS and other location service data

If you're buying a new car, ask yourself what you think will be of assistance to you on the road. Some features aren't for everyone, and each inclusion will accrue different bottom-line costs for your car. But in the end, human life is priceless, as is the safety of your family. We recommend getting as many modern safety inclusions as possible.

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a prang on the road, contact Sheen Panel Service. While we get to work fixing your vehicle, you can get back behind the wheel in an accident replacement vehicle.