Regardless of whether you are shopping around for a new car or a second hand car, one of the most important things that you need to be focused on is how safe the car is. There are some standard safety features that everyone should be looking out for to ensure that the car is safe and that they will be properly protected in it.
So use this checklist of the six car safety features to look out for to make sure that you are buying a good, solid, reliable car that is going to safety get you from A to B.
There is really no excuse for a car not to have proper, safety tested air bags these days. Depending on the speed of impact and the object that has been struck, the airbag provides protection from head injuries and from objects that may enter the car. It is wise to look for cars that have not only front airbag, but also side sir bags to reduce the risk that drivers and passengers will bang against the door or come into contact with any objects coming through the window.
One of the first things that you should do when you are looking at a car is to ask for a test drive. The first thing you will come into contact with on that test drive will be the seat belt. Seatbelts are designed to keep you inside the car in the event of a crash and to help reduce injuries, as much as possible in accidents so that you are not having to file for whiplash claims or serious injuries with your head colliding with the dashboard, steering wheel of even the windscreen. Seat belt designs nowadays have important features that must be looked for.
Firstly they should have an adjustable upper belt, so that you can change the position of the shoulder strap which adds comfort. There should also be a seat belt pretensioner so that there is no excess slack in the belt which makes the seat back retract almost instantly in the event of sudden braking. Energy management features are also important as they allow seat belts to give a little during an accident which prevents too much force on the shoulder and chest during any sort of impact.
Head Injury Protection
Another safety feature that you should be looking for is the foam, or or other energy absorbing materials that offers head injury protection. Whilst it is not something that you will be able to see immediately you will want to ask to make sure that it is there. Also some vehicles have head air bags that are designed to deploy during rollovers, so this is an important safety feature that is worth looking out for.
Antilock Brake System
An antilock brake system (ABS) prevents a car’s wheels from locking during sudden braking, which allows the driver to keep better control of the steering and of the car. So any car you are interested should most certainly have this safety feature as a standard.
The above four safety features are the most standard and most important safety features that are a non-negotiable when it comes to buying your next car.