Great Tips In Buying A New Car
Whenever you buy a new or used car, some time needs to be invested in order to make sure it is safe, especially if your loved ones will travel in it. The very first step is to take a test drive (preferably during the evening) and try on the seat belt to make sure it fits well and is comfortable, check head restraints, and inspect the windshield to ensure vision is unimpaired.
Here are a few safety features you must definitely have in your car – take a look:
It is common knowledge that seat belts are supposed to keep you inside the vehicle and minimize the risks of colliding violently with the steering wheel, dashboard, or windshield. These days seat belts are equipped with additional features to improve performance and improve safety at the same time.
Depending on the speed at impact and the stiffness of the object struck, front air bags inflate to prevent occupants from hitting the dashboard, steering wheel, and windshield. Side air bags ensure the occupants don’t hit the door or objects crashing through. Having air bags doesn’t mean you don’t need seat belts – it is best to implement both features so you remain protected during rollovers, rear, or side impacts. Never use a rear-facing child seat in the front seat of a vehicle equipped with a front passenger air bag – the air bag should be off.
These systems are instrumental in enhancing vehicle stability by controlling the amount the drive wheels can slip when you apply excess power. The engine power output is automatically adjusted, while braking force is applied to select wheels during acceleration in advance systems.
Head restraints are extensions of the vehicle’s seats that limit head movement during a rear-impact crash, thus, reducing the probability of neck injury. Specific size and strength requirements are needed for front seats but not rear ones. Opt for dynamic head restraints that adjust automatically in a crash.
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
An ABS stops a car’s wheels from locking at the time of panic-stricken braking, so the driver doesn’t lose steering control and can avoid a collision. But you have to use the system correctly to reap benefits. Some ABS’s include brake assist that detects the speed or force at which the driver presses the brake pedal and boosts the power accordingly.
Last but not the least, previous crash data has shown that heavy vehicles are better than lighter ones as they offer better protection.
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