When buying a new car, you want to look beyond its comfort and style and think seriously about how it will keep you safe. Some safety features in a car are invisible to the driver and passenger and may still be optional features for cars, which is why it's good to research them before you even begin shopping. Some features are also upgrades of standard safety features, including seatbelts. Note a few of those safety features you don't want to ignore and some upgrades or updates that are important to have included when you buy a new car.
1. Load limiters in seatbelts, inflatable or expandable seatbelts
Load limiters in seatbelts allow them to move forward gradually, so you don't have too much pressure from the belt in case of an accident but are also kept safe in your seat, without your head being allowed to snap forward. This feature can keep you more comfortable than standard belts, which may forcibly keep you in place during an accident, possibly causing bruising and discomfort.
Inflatable or expandable seatbelts are also options in some cars, and these expand or inflate slightly during a collision. This helps to disperse the weight or force of that collision across a broader area of the seatbelt, so that it doesn't cinch so tightly against the driver or passenger. This too can reduce bruising and discomfort or other minor injuries you might suffer because of the seatbelt itself.
2. Collision warning and automatic brakes
New cars today may come with a feature that senses when you may be headed for a collision, based on the distance to anything the car can sense in front of you and your overall speed. The car may warn you with a type of beeping or flashing on the dashboard, or advanced systems may automatically apply the brakes for you without waiting. This can ensure you're safe if you should take your eyes off the road or misjudge your own speed or the distance of objects ahead.
3. Adaptive headlights
Adaptive headlights pivot or turn according to how you turn the car's wheels. This means that an area is illuminated as you turn into it, rather than being illuminated once your car is straightened and facing that direction. For those who drive often at night, this can mean seeing someone in a crosswalk or other danger at an intersection as you turn, giving you more time to respond and reducing your risk of a collision.
For more information, contact a dealership like Blue Ribbon Motors.