If you're out shopping for a new car, besides cost and aesthetics, one of the most important things to look for is safety features. What features do you need, which features are must haves? Let's look at some options:
By far, the number one option, standard on many cars nowadays. Air bags have come along way since their inception and are safer and more effective than ever before. Air bags protect your head and face during a head on collision. Many new vehicles even offer air bags for your passenger and side cushion air bags for side impact crashes. Air bags have been proven to save lives during crashes and getting a vehicle with at least driver and passenger air bags should be a priority.
Every vehicle comes with seat belts, but there are some new innovations in seatbelt technology that you may want to consider. Automatic crash tensioners are designed to react to any crash or impact situation and tighten your seatbelt to keep you in place and, in theory, safer during a crash. Another new technology are the belt webbing grabbers, these are designed to clamp the belt outside the reel to prevent injuries during a crash or impact. Other seat belts or safety restraints include built in child safety restraints or built in child car seats.
Now a standard on most vehicles, like air bags and seat belts, anti-lock brakes are a safety necessity. Anti-lock brakes are designed to prevent locking of your brakes to lessen the chance of skidding.
Every modern vehicle has head restraints, or head rests to prevent your head from snapping back and causing whiplash during a sudden stop or crash. Many new cars even offer head restraints or rests for back seats.
GPS or OnStar
If you are prone to getting lost, having GPS or the OnStar system could save your life. GPS stands for global positioning system. Originally designed for military use in the 1980's, GPS connects you to a web of satellites and once they sense where you are, they can tell you very accurately where to go and many devices even provide maps and directions on an LCD screen.
OnStar is a vehicle safety device which connects you to a person via audio and can provide you help with directions, concierge like services and even emergency services. OnStar comes as a standard feature on many GM vehicles.
Lydia Quinn writes for Brandon Safety Lights, a leading provider of barricade lights, barricade light accessories and traffic safety supplies. Visit us at: http://www.brandonsafetylights.com/