For most of history, car safety has focused on solutions that come into play after a collision has occurred, be it airbags, seatbelts, crumple zones, or shatter-resistant glass. While important and in many cases life-saving, these features do nothing to prevent you from having an accident in the first place. And prevention is certainly better than cure here.
That’s why crash avoidance technologies are so important. Safety options like electronic stability control, automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warnings are now standard equipment on most modern vehicles and have gone a long way in reducing accident rates. Here are some more technologies to help you avoid a car accident.
Many collisions are the result of backing up out of a parking space into another parked vehicle or one that’s driving past. The growing size of some modern cars’ A, B and C pillars are partly to blame. Thicker pillars create larger blind spots.
This is where a backup camera comes in handy. As of 2018, they’re legally mandated on new cars in the U.S., but yours might not have one as standard. Fortunately, there are tons of great aftermarket backup cameras available. Some have sleek implementations, such as digital displays that double as rearview mirrors when not in use.
Dim, faded and otherwise, outdated halogen headlights are no good for road safety – especially on dark country roads.
Found in approximately 80% of cars, halogen bulbs in their best condition have a range of around 300 feet. The more modern LED headlights can comfortably illuminate objects up to 450 feet away before you turn on the high beams, which add another 50 feet, making for much safer driving at night.
If you regularly head outside of the city, then fitting your vehicle with an LED light bar or similar tech is a good idea.
Today’s dashboard cameras aren’t just useful for recording and saving footage after an accident has occurred. Some have driver assistance features that can warn you if you’re drifting out of your lane or to slow down for traffic ahead. This comes in addition to a range of other features like the ability to record incidents when your car is parked. That said, a good car accident lawyer is key to ensuring that your dashcam footage goes to good use when you need it.
Distracted Driving Apps
Thanks in no small part to the increasing usage of mobile devices, distracted driving is a major cause of incidents on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 1,000 people are injured each day due to a collision involving a distracted driver.
It’s somewhat ironic then, that your smartphone can actually help you avoid distracted driving. This is thanks to distracted driving apps such as LifeSaver, Mojo and Cellcontrol, which are designed to limit distracted driving habits.
These solutions can go a long way in helping you avoid the immense cost of being in a car accident. Be sure to consider them before getting back on the road.