Whether it’s a brand-new vehicle or a used car, buyers can equip their ride with more high-tech car safety features than ever. On top of basic safety features, having additional car safety gadgets can qualify you for discounts on your auto insurance premium.
These advanced features may seem like science fiction, but they are not. And while they can help reduce collisions, remember that they’re not a replacement for safe driving practices. Strap on your seat belt and slide behind the wheel—here are four car safety features to look out for in 2019.
Pre-Collision and Forward Collision Warning Systems
Pre-Collision and Forward Collision Warning Systems use radars or lasers to look out for vehicles or hazards on the road. The technology captures the distance to the object in front. If your car gets close enough to put you at risk of a collision, the system sounds an alarm and alerts you visually.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Automatic Emergency Braking typically works alongside Pre-Collision or Forward Collision Warning systems that can detect an imminent crash. The AEB receives information from a forward-facing camera and radar or laser that scans the road ahead. If the AEB thinks you’re about to hit another car, the system will automatically and quickly apply the brakes. Depending on the car’s make, the system only engages when it’s moving below certain speed limits.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) & Lane Keeping System (LKS)
Lane Departure Warning lets drivers know when they start drifting out of their highway lane by using sensors or cameras on their side view mirrors. Depending on the vehicle, the LDW either sounds an alarm, plays a buzzing noise through the car’s speakers or makes the driver’s seat or steering wheel vibrate.
Lane Keeping Systems use information from the LDW to make minor corrections and ease the car back into its lane via the vehicle’s braking and stability systems. Don’t forget that both systems usually require clear painted road markings to function properly and so may engage and disengage throughout your journey.
Forward-Facing Camera Systems
Forward-Facing Camera Systems, or dash cams, have been available for years as an aftermarket part; however, manufacturers are starting to build them into their cars. Some of these devices monitor the road ahead to record potential accidents or incidents for later viewing. Some vehicle models have forward-looking cameras in the front grill just to help with parking.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
There’s nothing new about cruise control, but Adaptive Cruise Control is a game changer. This innovative car safety feature uses forward-facing sensors to scan the road ahead once you’ve activated your cruise control. If the sensors pick up a slower moving car ahead, the ACC adjusts your vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe and consistent distance.
Get in touch with a Mercury agent today to learn more about car safety features that can help lower your auto insurance bill.