The 10 Best Vehicle Safety Advancements For Teenagers & New Drivers

If you’re the parent of a new or teen driver, then you undoubtedly have concerns about the top auto safety features. You’re not alone there. Your priceless child has reached driving age and their world has just gotten a whole lot larger and potentially more hazardous. However before you spend your hard-earned money on a new army tank for your new driver, we’ve got some terrific news. There are some recent safety innovations available in most vehicles that are perfect for your new or teen driver. So fasten your seat belts, and join us for a look at the 10 best safety features in today’s cars and trucks.

Which of Today’s Automotive Safety Advancements Are the 10 Best?

Vehicle safety tech is as old as the invention of the car itself and many of those very early technologies are still with us, albeit in a much more modern variation. However you’re probably not here to learn about improvements in seat belts. You want information about the very best safety innovations in 21st-century cars, trucks, and SUVs and we’ve got them for you:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

The safest vehicles are cars with the most advanced technology. One of the more advanced safety systems offered is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). ACC utilizes cutting-edge radar sensors that keep your car at a risk-free range from vehicles in front of you and your passengers. Here’s how the system works:

  • The driver sets the cruise control maximum speed.
  • The ACC radar system keeps pace with the vehicles in front of you.
  • When identifying an impending collision, the ACC will utilize the vehicle’s AEB system (see the next safety feature) to slow or stop the vehicle.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

Distracted driving has become a growing problem today. This is mostly due to personal device use while driving, especially with teen drivers. AEB systems are designed to avoid an accident before it occurs. In the event of an imminent accident, the AEB system will:

  • Alert the driver with an audible alarm – some systems utilize vibrating seats and steering wheels, as well.
  • If the driver does not apply the brake quickly enough to prevent a collision, the AEB system will engage the brakes automatically to help prevent or reduce the intensity of a forward collision.
  • In the event the driver requires further stopping assistance, the next safety option steps in.

Crash Imminent Braking (CIB)/Dynamic Brake Support (DBS)

Many more auto manufacturers are adding extra automated brake systems to assist drivers in preventing or drastically decreasing the severity of a mishap. The inclusion of a CIB/DBS system helps the driver by:

  • Automatically applying brake pressure should the car senses the driver’s braking pressure is not enough to stop the vehicle prior to a collision.
  • In the event that the driver fails to apply the brakes at all, the CIB system will automatically apply the brakes to avoid or decrease the damage of an accident.

Adaptive Headlights

With these incredible head lights, dark corners on inadequately lit roadways are a distant memory. Connected to the steering system, the headlights turn in the exact same direction the steering wheel is turning in order to light up the area the car is turning into. This innovation is particularly useful in rural areas with limited or no outside lights.

Forward Collision Warning

Thanks to this safety innovation, driving while distracted is becoming less of an issue. Video cameras, radar, and even lasers are masterfully used to signal drivers when obstacles in front of them are getting too close to the front of your vehicle. Toss in an automatic emergency braking system and you can relax when your teenage driver is on the road.

Blind Spot Detection

Speaking of keeping your eyes on the road, that frustrating blind spot has finally been permanently addressed thanks to this safety advancement. Lasers and\or video cameras keep an eye out in areas on your car, truck, or SUV that most drivers are unable to. A warning alert make certain you know about another vehicle’s presence before you change lanes.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)/Lane Keeping System (LKS)

Even more good news for distracted drivers. Cameras and lasers are also made use of to track the lane markings on the average road. When the system detects the vehicle has begun vacating its lane, it will alert the driver with lights and alarms, a vibrating steering wheel, and even a vibrating seat.

Rear-View Camera

Not to be confused with back-up cameras, the distinction between these two awesome advancements is stark. While back-up cameras typically have a restricted field of view, rear view cameras generally use wide-angle lenses to give the driver a much more comprehensive view of who or what is behind them.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

As the name implies, your car’s TPMS sensors monitor the air pressure in all4 tires and informs the driver with dashboard lights and even an alarm should the tire pressure get to critical levels.

Facial Recognition Software

Finally, we have one of the latest enhancements to our automotive safety suites. Thanks to innovations in facial recognition technology, cars are starting to add this technology to keep track of driver awareness. Once calibrated to the driver’s distinct facial features, the software can spot a change in driver focus levels. The software will then inform the driver with alarms and dashboard lights. This being a brand-new innovation, drivers can expect advanced signaling actions like vibrating steering wheels and seats.

Learn More About The Top New Auto Safety Advancements

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to put your fears to rest when your teen driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle outfitted with any or all of these safety advancements. For more information on vehicular safety or for answers on any other car, truck, or SUV questions, please call us or come by our showroom. We’ll be happy to help you with all of your automotive needs.

Automotive Safety Innovations For Teens & New Drivers: The Best Ten

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