Car Safety Features for 2020
The sheer amount of cars and trucks on the road these days makes an accident unavoidable, so knowing which vehicle safety options you must have becomes essential. We’ve gone from the days of optional seat belts to standard air bags, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring systems in almost all new cars on the marketplace. The checklist of optional safety technology that’s now readily available on most cars and trucks is incredible, and we’re working hard to make sure that your new Honda is the best one yet.
How Are Vehicle Safety Ratings Calculated?
Currently, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration judges cars on a 5-Star scale based upon their performance in 3 particular crash tests: Front Crashes, Side Collisions, and Rollover Collisions. While collisions can happen in many circumstances these types of accidents are the most typical, and based upon the research of these crashes, the appropriate safety tools are implemented in an automobile; so let’s take a glimpse at each situation:
Front Collision Scenario
This is when 2 cars are driving in opposing directions and strike each other in a head-on crash, or when a car loses control and strikes an item (like a tree, utility pole, or a structure) in a head-on accident.
Side Collision Scenario
The most common side collision scenario is when one car does not yield to a stop sign or traffic light and strikes the other automobile on the side. This is typically described as a t-bone, as the vehicles form a ‘T’ shape when they crash. One more sort of side accident is when a vehicle loses control and slides sideways right into an obstacle like a utility post or tree.
This situation is when you lose control of your automobile and it rolls over. A rollover can be triggered by losing control of your car or a mix of severe maneuvers such as quick, high-speed turns to avoid a barrier.
What Vehicle Safety Features are Required by Law?
Despite all of the arising vehicle safety technologies, there are just a few that are considered mandatory by regulations. These mandated safety features include Seatbelts, Airbags, LATCH child safety seat system, Tire-Pressure Monitor, Electronic Stability Control, and Backup Cameras. Honda new vehicles will have that technology and furthermore, the NHTSA advises these Vehicle Driver Assistance Technologies:
Forward Crash Alert
This feature detects a potential crash and gives the vehicle driver a warning.
Automatic Emergency Situation Braking
This tech immediately uses the brakes when a forward crash is looming.
Lane Departure Alert
This system monitors lane markings and advises the motorist if they accidentally leave their lane.
While currently standard on many Honda-new automobiles, adding a rear-view video camera to older cars is recommended.
This list should not be interpreted as an exhaustive checklist of safety technologies, there will constantly be many numerous and new technologies that will help keep you more secure.