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As technology has gotten better, so have the safety features available in automobiles. In this article, we will discuss 10 safety features that are vitally important to keeping oneself and their family safe in the event of an accident. The next time that you are in the market for a car, be sure to ask the sales person about the following safety features.

1. Pre-Collision Technology: New cars have sensors that will prepare the car for impact if the car senses that it is about to wreck. The seat belts will get tighter, the airbags will align so that they are best able to protect you from impact and the brakes will become preloaded.

2. Panic Brake: The panic break feature begins to work when the car senses that there is some type of problem. It will assume that the driver will have trouble breaking because studies have shown that when individuals get into wrecks, they don't press on the breaks hard enough. Therefore, this feature will make sure that plenty of pressure is applied to the breaks.

3. Head Restraints: Many people suffer from whip lash after they have gotten into a wreck. This is especially true if they get hit from the rear. Head restraints will help to lessen the impact.

4. Side Airbags: Side airbags are known to decrease car wreck related injuries. Many luxury models already have side airbags. They are not yet standard or required in all vehicles. However, they can be very beneficial.

5. Blind Spot Reduction: Some wrecks occur when individuals are attempting to switch lanes and run into the car in the other lane. They don't see the other car due to the blind spot in their rear view mirror. Blind spot reduction will help decrease the likelihood of this by using special cameras that pick up vehicles in one's blind spot. Cars that currently have this technology include the Audi Q7, Cadillac DTS/STS and the 2008 Buick Lucerne.

6. Night Vision Camera: This camera will sense thermal energy and show these images on a screen.

7. Protection from Rollovers: Airbags in the ceiling and headliners have been made available to help protect individuals from getting hurt in rollover accidents. Currently Ford, Mercury, Lincoln SUV's, Volvo and Land Rover have this technology.

8. Bluetooth Phone: With the dangers of driving while talking on the phone fully known, car manufacturers have looked to decrease this danger by installing Bluetooth phones. This allows the driver to use the phone without using their hands.

9. Adaptive Cruise Control: Vehicles with this technology sense the distance between you and the car in front of you. It will then automatically adjust the cruise control.

10. Adaptive Headlights: Adaptive headlights will follow the direction of the steering wheel to help you see better. These are typically found in more expensive cars.

Technology has definitely improved when it comes to car safety. Adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth technology, roll over protection, night vision cameras, blind spot reduction, side airbags, panic brakes and pre-collision technology have all been developed to help keep individuals safer while driving their cars.

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