Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Carzoos - Safety Features 101.



Safety is and should be a huge priority for any car purchase. However, it can be hard to determine between what you 'need' & what you 'want'. We here at Carzoos HQ have put together a little article of what’s important, what’s significant and what’s a bonus, when it comes to the safety features on your next car.

What's Important?

Stability Control - This tech is required on most new cars since 2012. Stability control will engage your engine to help combat loss of traction - invaluable on wet and slippery roads. This tech is arguably the biggest safety feature since seat belts.

Airbags + Side Airbags - Now, almost every car has a standard airbag these days. But these days having side airbag’s can be very important. T-bone accidents are quite common, and without a side-air bag there isn't too much between you and the front of the colliding vehicle.

What's Significant?

Reverse Camera - More and more modern cars (especially bigger utilities/SUV's) are coming with this feature as standard. Reverse cameras are more then just making sure you don't hit the letterbox as you reverse out. Many lives can be saved if you have clear vision of what's behind your wheels.

Blind spot detection - Your 'blind spot' becomes just a regular 'spot' with this feature. When your cursing at 100km/h on the motorway it's handy to know you have all blind spots covered. Not essential, but very handy.

What's A Bonus Feature?

Tyre pressure monitor - Unfortunately many drivers neglect to routinely check their tyre pressure. Low tyre pressure will significantly reduce the life of your tyres and worn tyres can affect your driving (especially in wet conditions). Simply routinely checking your tyres can negate the need for this feature, but if it's part of the package - all the better.

Advanced airbags - Advanced airbags have the ability to judge the weight and size of the person in the seat and ill then adjust its deployment accordingly. This feature can help determine if children are in the front seat etc. Not essential but a nice feature to have.