Car Safety features to look out for

You want a car that will be as safe as possible – but are you having difficulty decoding the various acronyms and descriptions of safety features that manufacturers include in their specification write-ups? What should you spend your money on, and what is not worth the additional cost?


Airbags are one of the safety features that you should not be doing without – covering as much of the interior of the vehicle as possible, especially those focussing on head protection and side impact, as well as driver knee protection.


Cameras and sensors that help you to park your car safely are important safety features – not necessarily for the driver and passengers – but for those people around your car.


A nice to have feature is rear-cross traffic alert, which will warn you of potential dangers behind you even when not visible to you. What happens here is that sensors in the rear corners of the vehicle scan for any out-of-sight traffic behind you and provide an alert if necessary.


Adaptive cruise control (ACC) will allow you to set your required speed, and automatically reduce speed if the vehicle comes up behind a slower moving car.


Auto emergency braking (AEB) and forward collision warning can stop your vehicle and avoid cars or obstacles ahead. In some cars the system operates only for lower speeds, and in others, a warning is provided to the driver if a potential collision is identified – this technology is applied differently in various vehicle makes and models.


Blind-spot monitoring will warn you by lighting up an area of your side mirror when a car is alongside you that you may not see.


Lane departure monitoring will provide you with an alert if you are travelling on a road marked by clear lanes, and you veer outside of the white lines. Some systems even make minor corrections to your steering inputs to ensure that you stay on course.


Electronic Stability Control will stop a car from sliding and a driver from losing control. Stability-control programs – which monitor the position of your car and can apply the brakes to the inside wheels and/or reduce power to keep you in a straight line – prevent an unknowably large number of car accidents every year. The Electronic Stability Control is mandated by law in new cars, but if you are looking at a used car, do ensure that the vehicle comes equipped with this safety feature.


Fatigue Monitoring System (FMS) has the ability to notice when you’re tired – simply by measuring your steering inputs and pedal movements – and warn you.


When deciding on which car to purchase, safety features should play a role. Be sure to let your car broker know which features you are most looking for. Contact us on 1300889256 or message us today to start your car buying journey.