Whether buying a new car or a used car, safety features should always be a prime consideration. Yes, you want that trendy new sports car but with a wife and kid in tow, how practical is it really? While some cars have those cool little extras like backup cameras and proximity sensors, others aren’t quite so state-of-the-art. In fact, unless you are buying a top-of-the-line latter model vehicle, chances are you will need to install some aftermarket safety features. However, if you don’t want to do all that, here are the top five safety features to look for.
1. Automatic Braking System (ABS)
If a driver loses control of the vehicle and causes what is written up as an ‘at-fault’ car accident because of a faulty ABS, the personal loss you sustain may be severe. This would require hiring a well-respected winning attorney to represent you against your own insurance company as well as the state, county or city that issued the ticket. A winning lawyer can also help you get compensation from the dealer and/or the ABS manufacturer.
2. Traction Control & Electronic Stability Control
Although two different features, they work together to help maintain road stability. If your car loses traction and one side doesn’t hold the road well, the electronic stability control is supposed to click in. This will help you maintain control without over or under compensating. The relationship between the two is symbiotic.
3. Backup Cameras and Proximity Sensors
Ah, the beauty of technology! So many accidents are the result of not seeing vehicles, pedestrians or other objects in your blind spot. Those beeps that alert you to the proximity of an object in conjunction with the camera that shows you what’s behind you have saved countless accidents. As another synergistic pair of functions which ‘could’ stand alone, these are safety features you really must consider when buying a late model vehicle.
4. Front or All-Wheel Drive
It can be quite difficult driving through snow or ice with rear wheel drive. According to the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), front and all-wheel drive vehicles within their category will rank higher because of this. Obviously, all-wheel drive offers the best traction, but the front wheel is a close second.
5. Heated Side Mirrors and Back Windshield
How many times have you had to literally open your window to wipe the fog or snow off those side mirrors. This can be just enough of a distraction to cause an accident in weather that is already dangerous in terms of road safety conditions. There is always a danger that something can come at you unawares if you can’t see in all directions.
Are you in the market for a new or used car? Check the IIHS website to see how they rank the top five safety features on new cars. A good lawyer can often mitigate any at-fault losses, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
An extra bit of precaution can save tons of money and frustration later – and that’s just what you are hoping to avoid.