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What Are Some Car Safety Features That Save Lives?

What Are Some Car Safety Features That Save Lives?

What car safety features can save lives? What information supports manufacturer's claims that these features are effective? When you purchase a car, one of the first things you should look at is the safety features installed on the vehicle. You should also verify that these features are effective and not just "window dressing" to entice you to purchase the car. To that end, the following are four safety features that it is important to know about.

Lane Departure Warning Systems

Lane departure warning systems use a series of cameras and sensors to determine when the vehicle veers out of its lane of travel. Most cost less than $1000 to purchase. Some newer vehicles feature lane assist and lane centering assist. These can steer the car back into the center of the lane of travel if the driver does not respond to the audio warnings.

In 2017, researchers in Sweden examined 1,853 accidents that involved 146 vehicles equipped with lane departure warning systems. The study indicated that lane departure warning systems reduced the risk of a head on crash by 53% at higher speeds, and by 30% overall.

Rear-view Cameras

Rear-view cameras provide a clear picture of what's behind the vehicle in the blind spot. These cameras are highly effective at reducing the risk of backing into objects, children, and animals. Nationwide, it's estimated that 15,000 people are injured and 210 are killed in such accidents. Studies conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in 2014, and backed up by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that nearly 33%, or 58-69 lives can be saved each year once rear-view cameras become standard features.

Automatic Emergency Braking Systems (AEB)

Automatic emergency braking systems sense a potential collision with an object or vehicle and apply the brake automatically if the driver does not respond. Data from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety shows these systems can reduce the risk of a rear-end accident by 43%. Even more notable was that early data indicates that injuries from these types of accident were reduced by 64%.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive cruise control utilizes a combination of sensors and radar to determine the position of other cars and trucks in front of the vehicle. If a safe distance is breached, the system decelerates the vehicle. This can reduce the risk of causing a rear-end accident. Unfortunately, these systems can increase the risk of being rear-ended and there is a growing body of evidence that shows they are responsible for causing "phantom jams."

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