June 13, 2016
As more and more drivers learn how to use their vehicles, automotive professionals develop new technologies to keep up with safety demands. New vehicles are featuring advanced safety options that can provide drivers with an additional degree of comfort and protection from all types of incidents on the road. In the past decade, several safety systems have stood out among others, going above and beyond the call of duty to off drivers the security they need when they are out on the road. Though seat belts and similar systems remain the most commonly used, these safety technologies have all had a major role in changing the field of automotive safety. Electronic stability control is one of the most reliable articles of technology to hit vehicular markets. With this system, sensors built into the vehicle figure out when the car is not going where the driver is pointing. The brakes system then uses to appropriate wheels to get back on course, protecting the driver from collisions and other accidents that could result from such a loss of control. It has been particularly invaluable in protecting drivers during winter weather. Lane departure warning options are another safety mechanism that protect drivers from unwanted incidents. This technology recognizes when the driver is drifting out of their lane. A built in alert system sends out a message to the driver and helps them stay on course. Some systems may even go a little bit further to nudge the vehicle back onto its desired course. So far, studies show this technology has assisted in preventing numerous accidents. A blind zone warning system can help drivers stay on top of their vehicle's most vulnerable spots. This safety mechanism senses when another vehicle is approaching the driver's flanks, immediately alerting you with a warning light or an audio alarm. For drivers who are still learning how to navigate an unfamiliar neighborhood, this technology can be invaluable in preventing collisions and injuries. Finally, drivers can benefit from adaptive headlights. As implied, this system is designed to provide drivers with the appropriate degree of lighting and headlamp setting according to the local environment. The headlamps pivot to where the car's front wheels are pointed, illuminating dark roads and dangerous curves. Over 150,000 crashes occur every year on dimly lit curves, and the adaptive headlights are designed to help reduce this number.