Safety features your vehicle should have

New technology has enabled vehicles to be safer than ever




New technology has enabled vehicles to be safer than ever. Check out some safety features you should have in your vehicle to protect both the driver and passengers.


Seat belts: It may sound obvious, but you need working seatbelts in every seat in your car. Especially when buying an older vehicle, make sure the seat belts are both chest and waist restraints, and that they lock in place to prevent you and your passengers from being ejected from your seat.


Air bags: When following the guidelines around air bags, these can provide great protection to everyone in your vehicle. Parents need to look at age, height and weight requirements for the passenger-side air bag before allowing their young children to ride in the front seat.


Anti-lock brake system: Anti-lock brakes can help prevent your vehicle from skidding across the road, and also help your vehicle slow down quicker.


Tire Pressure Monitoring System: A TPMS will alert you when your tire pressure is low. This is important because driving on tires with low pressure can be at risk of blowing out, and it can also be more difficult to control your vehicle when the pressure is low.


LATCH system: The LATCH system helps protect children and ensures that child-safety seats are properly installed.


Reverse warnings: New devices such as rear-view cameras and alerts can make backing up more safe. Cameras allow you to see what is going on behind your vehicle as you’re reversing and offer guides to show you how close you are to objects. An alert can sound if you are too close to an object behind your car.


Side View Assistance: Side view assistance can alert you if there is another vehicle or an object in your blind spot that you previously wouldn’t have seen.


Lane Departure: Lane departure devices can alert you if you are leaving your lane. If you head into another lane without using your blinker the alert will go off to make you aware.