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Answers To Questions About Car Safety Features

Below you will find answers to some of the Car Safety Questions that we hear the most.

What car safety features can help save my life?

  • Adaptive Cruise Control: This technology uses forward-looking sensors, including radar cameras to monitor distance between your vehicle and others on the road. The system will automatically slow down your vehicle in traffic to maintain a safe following distance without the driver having to do anything.
  • Forward Collision Avoidance System: Using forward-looking sensors, this technology alerts drivers with visual or auditory warning signals when the vehicle is getting too close to another.
  • Autonomous Braking: Some systems are able to break automatically for the driver, if a warning signal is missed. This can prevent a crash or at least lessen the impact. Experts agree- systems that combine forward-collision warning and auto-brake are the most effective.
  • Adaptive Headlights: This technology allows drivers greater visibility when going around a curve. According to Highway Loss Data Institute research, property damage liability claims fell 10 percent with adaptive headlights.
  • Backup Camera: Once a feature found in only luxury vehicles, the backup camera displayed in the rearview mirrors or in-dash display is now popular in midrange vehicles, giving drivers added visibility when backing out of a parking spot or driveway.
  • Reverse Backup Sensors: This can be used with or without a camera and alerts drivers with a beep if they are about to hit something while backing up.
  • Sideview Assist: This sensor technology can detect a car in your blind spot and alert you with a light in your side mirror or a beep if you attempt to engage your turn signal.
  • Parking Assist: An increasing number of vehicles offer a feature that detects the size of a parallel parking space- and will even guide drivers into the start position. This allows you to completely take your hands off the wheel while the computer technology backs your vehicle into place.

What are some car safety features that can decrease your auto insurance premiums?

  • Anti-theft Tools and Devices: Whether these have been installed or come standard with your vehicle, alarms and navigation systems can make you eligible for insurance discounts, some even as high as 10-25 percent off your total premium. Any technology that makes your car less likely to be targeted for theft makes you less risky to be insured.
  • Airbags and Seatbelts: Some insurance companies will lower your car insurance rates if you have newer automated seatbelts, while others will offer discounts for passenger side and side impact airbags. Updating these features can qualify you for better discounts and increase the safety of your vehicle.
  • Electronic Stability Control/Traction Control: Most new vehicles are equipped with this safety feature. Insurance companies offer savings for drivers whose cars feature technology that utilizes sensors, microprocessors, and specific controls in the car to prevent skidding and spinning out of control.
  • Collision Monitoring and Blind Spot Alerts: These car safety devices reduce the chance of accidents, and of insurance claims resulting from collisions. Many new vehicles come standard with these accident-avoidance systems. If you are considering having these safety features installed, you should check with your car insurance provider and make sure they offer this discount.
  • Telematic Devices: These devices monitor how much you drive and in doing so can save you money. If these devices prove that you are a safe or low-mileage driver, you should be eligible for additional discounts offered by your insurance company. Besides measuring the amount of miles you drive, they also track things like sudden breaking and rapid acceleration. Reducing these driving habits makes a person a safer driver, and can entitle them to savings with most car insurance providers. Some insurance companies even offer these devices and encourage parents to use them as a way of monitoring driving habits of their teen drivers.

What car safety features can I utilize to avoid a car accident in the rain?

  • Headlights: Turn on your headlights while driving in the rain- day or night. It’s the law in the State of Florida. This will aid in visibility and allow other drivers to see you better, decreasing
  • Defroster: Use this feature to defog your windows. Make sure your air conditioning is turned on, along with the front and rear defrosters.
  • Tire Tread: Examine the tread on your tires. Worn tread decreases the traction and increases the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle- particularly in rainy weather conditions.
  • Cruise Control: NEVER use cruise control on wet pavement. This feature may interpret loss of traction as reducing speed and increase acceleration to compensate, which could cause your vehicle to veer dangerously.
  • Windshield Wipers and Water Repellent Products: This is an obvious one- but turn on your windshield wipers in the rain. It is also a good idea to use rain repellent products on windows, which can help clear water from your vehicle’s windows.

What are some safe driving tips to help avoid hydroplaning?

  • Reduce your speed, especially around curves
  • Steer and brake lightly; sudden corrections can cause you to lose traction and control of your vehicle.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and make sure your tires have proper tread.
  • If you do begin to hydroplane, stay calm. Ease off the gas and do not slam on the brakes or jerk the steering wheel.

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