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Basic Safety Features of a Car

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 06 Sep 2018


Whether it’s a new car you’re driving or an old one, it’s important to be aware of all the safety features your vehicle has. Here are some important car safety features you should know about:

Crumple Zone

Also known as a crush zone, this is the part of the vehicle which is designed to deform and crumple in a collision. Crumple zones are meant to absorb the intensity of the impact, and prevent the driver and passengers of the car from being harmed.

Seat Belt

One of the most basic but important safety feature is a seat belt. It is designed to keep the occupant of the car stable inside the vehicle, thereby reducing the risk of collision with the dashboard, steering wheel, or the windshield.

Air Bags

In the event of an impact, an air bag inflates to prevent the occupant from getting hurt or hitting any part of the car. It also immediately starts deflating to allow movement. However, an air bag can also be dangerous, especially if occupants are unbelted. Children below the age of 12 should therefore be seated in the rear seats to minimize the risk of injury from air bag deployment.

Head rest

The primary function of the head rest is to be a restraint system and prevent neck hyperextension in a crash. The head rest is useful in preventing major spinal cord injuries or even just a normal whiplash.

Anti-lock braking system

An Anti-lock brake system (ABS) prevents a car’s wheels from getting locked during sudden, panic braking. It allows the driver to have more control over the steering, especially in a collision.

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