New Technology Prevents Accidents, Saves Lives

Most modern vehicles include safety technology that ranges from the earliest examples of auto safety to the most state-of-the-art innovations. Some are protective, like air bags and seat belts, while others are preventative, like anti-lock brakes. These are some of the most commonplace standard safety features:

  • Side air bags and curtains
  • Advanced frontal air bags have been required since the late 1990’s, and today’s generation can detect weight and crash severity to determine the power of deployment
  • Advanced head restraints
  • Seat belts equipped with load limiters and belt pre-tensioners, to absorb the energy of an impact and restrain passengers
  • Electronic stability control, which helps the driver maintain control with computerized braking of each individual wheel 
  • Anti-lock brakes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) credits frontal air bags with saving more than 25,000 people over the course of two decades, and they now officially recommend new safety technology features that include: 

  • Lane departure warning that detects unintentional lane shifts
  • Rearview video system that gives the driver a live view of everything directly behind the vehicle
  • Forward collision warning system, which uses sensors to detect oncoming vehicles and tells the driver to change their speed or direction 

Safety technology is actually proven to lower accident rates, so the more advanced it gets, the safer you and your family are. Some upgrades are engineered for luxury or comfort, but the main priority of every automaker is safety.

Features such as automatic crash notification don’t serve preventative safety purposes, but they can still reduce the risk of serious injury. Back-up cameras actually prevent accidents, which is why California will require them in all new models beginning in 2015.

According to Insurance Journal and PBS, the federal government has taken note and will soon require vehicles to have technology capable of communicating with one another. Proximity sensors and remote connectivity will protect drivers from each other and save even more lives in the future.

Contact Desert Empire Insurance for more information about auto safety and auto insurance coverage in Palm Desert, California. Their team of expert, independent agents have been working together in California for decades, and they’re eager to help you