Modern vehicle technology is helping reduce the risks associated with distracted driving and prevent serious accidents. If you’re in the market for a new ride, keep an eye out for these top safety features.
1. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Cruise control is a great feature unless you get stuck behind someone who can’t seem to decide how fast they want to go. With ACC, sensors in the grille of the car detect when a vehicle in front of you slows down or accelerates and adjusts your speed to maintain a safe driving distance. This is great for rush-hour traffic and road work season when you’re likely to encounter slow or stop-and-go driving conditions.
2. Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
If you’ve ever had to slam on the brakes when another car seems to come out of nowhere, you’ll appreciate AEB. This system sends an alert when you appear to be in danger of hitting something, and if your reaction time is too slow, the car will start braking on its own. Although it isn’t always right because it can’t use human judgement, AEB can reduce instances of rear-end collisions by as much as 50 percent.
3. Blind Spot Warning (BSW)