Top 10 safety features your new car, SUV should have

22nd Sep 2019 6:00 am

Driving has the potential to be hazardous, if not done right. We tell you exactly which safety features your car must have and why.

Blind spot warning

A blind spot-assist warns you of other motorists that might not be visible in your ORVMs, thus helping you avoid accidents.

ABS with EBD

Anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution is a function that stops your brakes from locking up during panic braking situations. It allows you to brake and steer at the same time.

Tyre and wheel size

Above all the safety gizmos, having the right tyre is one of the biggest safety features. Having the correct alloy size and the maximum possible width is crucial for better handling and grip, which helps when you need to stop quickly.

Body structure

A high-tensile steel structure is a crucial safety feature in a car. In the unfortunate event of an accident, the car's structural engineering can make all the difference between life and death. Check your car's crash-test rating if you can.

Adjustable seat belts

Seat belts hold you in place during a collision and ones that adjust to your body type increase safety. If it doesn't adjust, a collision could seriously injure you; and even snap your collar bone.

Side and curtain airbags

Side and curtain airbags protect the passengers from side impacts and rollovers in an accident. These airbags deploy from the side pillars and cushion you from the impact force of a side collision.

TPMS

Tyre pressure monitoring sensors are pressure-sensitive sensors in the tyre that warn you when you are running low on pressure. This can help prevent a crash caused by a deflating/ punctured tyre.

Rear head restraints

An often looked-over feature. It protects the head from fatal whiplash injuries if your car is hit from the rear.

Car seat and Isofix mounts

Isofix mounts help attach a child seat to the car's seat and hold it in place in the event of a collision. As the regular height of a seat belt is likely to injure a child, a child seat is recommended.

Parking sensors and camera

Parking camera and sensors are like having a person help you judge the distance to an obstacle. It's not just helpful while parking, but also while navigating through narrow lanes and tight roads.

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