Safety equipment to expect in your new car and why it’s important (Part 1)
Buying a new car in today’s day and age means you will experience the quickly evolving automotive safety tech available in new car models. It’s now much much more than just making sure you have airbags and 3-point seat belts. In Australia, a lot of automotive safety technology is mandatory for passenger cars, which is great for people buying a new car. This includes features such as anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. Because safety is so important, we thought we would take some time to explain exactly what several new-age safety features are, and why they are so important to look out for when you’re in the market for a new vehicle.
Important safety feature #1: Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
While this feature is now a standard requirement across passenger vehicles, there is still a slope of capabilities across these systems. ESC is a term which refers to computer-controlled traction regulator systems, which controls your vehicles traction and slip on the roads. Advanced systems however, are able to assist with swaying trailers, cornering grip and reduce the chance of accidents such as vehicle roll-over. When you’re on the look out for new car safety features, ESC can also be referred to as Electronic Stability Program, Vehicle Stability Control, Active Stability Control, Stability and Traction Control, or Vehicle Stability Assist, so make sure you watch for these too!
Important safety feature #2: Even more Airbags
Airbags may not seem like news in the automotive safety world, but they are still as important as when they were first introduced. Airbags, simply put, are a large nylon bag which is inflated with inert gas at a rate of approximately 100 milliseconds in the event or a severe frontal crash. The airbags are controlled by and deployed by sensors which detect the crash and determine the severity and direction of the incident. New car models now often have at least 6 airbags, with many having even more. These airbags span across the front, side and back seats of the vehicle. It pays (and saves) to have comprehensive airbags in your new vehicle, and to note these when comparing for potential purchase.
Important safety feature #3: Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
Also known as Pre Sense Plus, Active City Stop, Pre-safe, Eyesight, Pre-Collision Safety System, but often simply referred to as AEB; the Autonomous Emergency Braking is a forward-facing sensor system. This tech generally uses a laser at the front of your car to detect the distance between your car and the traffic in front of you. If the car in front slams on it’s brakes without warning, the AEB system can detect if you haven’t engaged your brakes enough, and if not, will take over and slow the car down automatically. Advanced AEB systems even detect pedestrians and animals; which can significantly reduce the chance of a collision. When shopping around for a new car, be sure to read the information and specifications carefully to understand what your potential purchase is equipped with.
It’s important to understand what these safety features are so that when you are shopping around for new car, you know exactly what to look for and what may be lacking in older model cars. Keep an eye our for our next blog where will will explain even more of these important safety features. If you are looking for a new car and want to know more about what to look for, or to get assistance with finding your perfect car; call the Tony White Group team. With over 25 dealerships across the Australia’s eastern states, there’s bound to be a Tony White group dealership near you. Find your closest dealership here or send us an online enquiry today.