· 6,296,000 police-reported motor vehicle accidents resulting in 35,092 fatalities and 2,443,000 injuries.
· 373 of the fatalities and 49,000 of the injuries were children under the age of five.
· 27% of all the fatalities were caused by speeding-related accidents.
· Seat belt usage rate was 89%.
Standard Safety Features in newer cars:
· Air bags
· Anti-lock brakes
· Cruise control
· Seat belts/safety-belts
· Tire pressure monitoring
· Traction control
Advanced Safety Technology:
Active Park Assist Systems – rear cross-traffic alerts when backing up and an object appears or the semi-autonomous parallel-park assist that helps a person park a car by giving instructions
Adaptive Cruise Control – cruise control based on the vehicle ahead and adapting a speed to maintain a specified following distance.
Automatic Collision Notification System – an automatic alert, in case of collision, allowing emergency responders to be notified sooner.
Automatic Emergency Braking – to reduce collision, brakes are automatically applied. Some models include a rear version in conjunction with rear cross-traffic alerts.
Backup Cameras – screen activates when vehicle is in Reverse. Some models include audible sensors as well as proximity warning if something is entering from the sides.
Blind Spot Monitors – warning system when other vehicles are in a driver’s blind spot. Some versions are light up icons on side view-mirrors with audible warnings or even vibrations. Some versions have additional warnings if a turning signal is on and there is a vehicle in the target lane.
Drowsy Driver Alerts – using visual, vibration, audible, or combination of these warnings when a driver begins to drift out of lane. Indicates the driver is drowsy and may need a break.
Electronic Stability Control – to keep a car on course, this will slow individual wheels during a turn.
Lane Departure Warning – a warning system for drivers if they steer over lane markings and out of their lanes. Warnings could be audible, visible, vibrations or a combination. Some models paired with lane-keep assist systems.
Lane-Keep Assist Systems – gently moves a vehicle back to the center of their driving lane should the driver start drifting and not respond quickly enough.
Mitigation System/Collision Warning System – a warning system indicating slow or stopped traffic ahead. When paired with automatic emergency braking, allows the system to stop the vehicle if a collision is expected.
Navigation Systems – mapping system that will tell drivers where they are and assist them to get to their destination with turn by turn directions.
Smart or Adaptive Headlights – improves night vision and reduces glare as these headlights adjust the intensity and range based on traffic and road conditions. Some of these pivot on turns.
Safety features are improving all the time. When buying a new car, be informed about the safety features and options available for your make and model.
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