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Four Important Car Safety Options for 2020

Car Safety Features You Should Know

The sheer number of vehicles on the road today makes a mishap inescapable, so knowing which vehicle safety technology you need to have becomes crucial. We have gone from the days of optional seat belts to mandatory airbags, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring systems in virtually all new cars on the market. The checklist of optional safety tech that’s now readily available on many cars is staggering, and we’re working hard to make certain that your new Kia is the most secure one yet.

How Are Car Safety Ratings Calculated?

Presently, the NHTSA judges cars on a 5-Star scale based upon their performance in 3 particular collision scenarios: Front Collisions, Side Collisions, and Rollover Collisions. While crashes can happen in many circumstances these types of accidents are the most typical, and based upon the research of these mishaps, the appropriate safety devices are implemented in an automobile; so let’s take a peek at each situation:

Front Crash Scenario

This is when 2 vehicles are driving in opposing directions and hit each other in a head-on accident, or when a vehicle loses control and strikes an item (like a tree, energy pole, or a building) in a head-on crash.

Side Accident Situation

One of the most common side crash situations is when one vehicle does not yield to a stop sign or traffic control signals and strikes the other vehicle on the side. This is typically referred to as a t-bone, as the cars create a ‘T’ form when they crash. An additional sort of side collision is when an automobile loses control and slides sideways into a barrier like an energy post or tree.

Rollover Scenario

This scenario is when you lose control of your car and it flips over. A rollover can be set off by losing control of your car or a combination of severe maneuvers such as quick, high-speed turns to stay clear of a barrier.

What Car Safety Features are Required by Law?

Despite every one of the arising automobile safety options, there are just a couple of that are considered mandatory by law. These mandated safety functions consist of Seatbelts, Airbags, LATCH child safety seat system, Tire-Pressure Monitor, Electronic Stability Control, and Back-up Cams. Brand new cars will have that modern technology and in addition, the NHTSA recommends the following Vehicle Driver Assistance Technologies:

Forward Crash Warning

This attribute spots a possible accident and signals the motorist a warning.

Automatic Emergency Braking

This modern technology automatically applies the brakes when a forward collision is looming.

Lane Departure Warning

This system keeps an eye on lane markings and cautions the driver if they accidentally leave their lane.

Back-up Cam

While currently mandatory on many new vehicles, adding a video camera to older cars and trucks is recommended.

This list shouldn’t be interpreted as an extensive checklist of safety functions, there will always be many numerous and new modern technologies that will help keep you safer.

Vehicle Safety Functions for 2020 | Gene Messer Kia

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