Automotive Safety Advancements For Teenagers & New Drivers: The Top 10

If you’re the parent of a new or teenage driver, then you undoubtedly have inquiries about the newest auto safety advancements. We’ve all been there. Your priceless baby has reached driving age and their world has just gotten a whole lot bigger and possibly more dangerous. But before you put your hard-earned money on a brand-new military tank for your teenager, we’ve got some terrific news. There are some extraordinary safety features offered in most cars that are perfect for your new or teenage driver. So buckle up, and join us for a tour of the top 10 safety features in today’s cars.

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

Vehicle safety technology is as old as the invention of the automobile itself and a lot of those very early developments are still with us, albeit in a far more improved variation. But you’re not here to read about advancements in seat belts. You want details about the most effective safety innovations in 21st-century cars, trucks, and SUVs and we’ve got them for you:

ACC: Adaptive Cruise Control

The safest vehicles are cars, trucks, or SUVs with the very best technology. One of the more advanced safety systems available is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). ACC uses powerful radar sensors to keep your car, truck, or SUV at a risk-free range from vehicles in front of you and your passengers. Here is how this feature works:

  • The driver establishes the cruise control maximum speed.
  • The ACC radar system keeps pace with the cars you are following.
  • When identifying an impending collision, the ACC will use the vehicle’s AEB system (see the next safety feature) to slow down or stop the vehicle.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

Driving while distracted has become a more prominent concern for 21st century drivers. This is largely due to personal device usage while driving, particularly with teen drivers. AEB systems are designed to avoid a collision before it happens. In the event of an imminent accident, the AEB system will:

  • Alert the driver with an audible alarm – some systems will also use vibrating steering wheels and seats, as well.
  • If the driver does not engage the brake promptly enough to avoid a collision, the AEB system will apply the brakes automatically to help avoid or minimize the severity of a forward collision.
  • In case the driver requires additional braking assistance, the following safety innovation steps in.

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

More vehicle makers are adding additional automated brake systems to assist drivers in avoiding or severely reducing the severity of an accident. The inclusion of a DBS/CIB system helps the driver by:

  • Automatically applying brake pressure should the vehicle senses the driver’s braking pressure is insufficient to stop the vehicle before a collision.
  • In the event that the driver fails to use the brakes at all, the CIB system will automatically apply the brakes to prevent or minimize the damage of a collision.

Adaptive Headlights

Dark corners on poorly lit roadways are a thing of the past with these extraordinary head lights. Linked to the steering system, the headlights turn in the exact same direction the steering wheel is turning in order to brighten the area the car, truck, or SUV is turning into. This safety feature is especially helpful in rural areas with minimal or no exterior illumination.

Forward Collision Warning

Driving while distracted is becoming much less of an issue thanks to this safety innovation. Video cameras, radar, and even lasers are masterfully utilized to inform drivers when vehicles in front of them are getting too near to the front of your vehicle. Toss in an automated emergency braking system and you can relax when your teenage driver is on the roadway.

Blind Spot Detection

Speaking of keeping your eyes on the road, that pesky blind spot has finally been eliminated thanks to this safety feature. Video cameras and\or lasers keep an eye out in areas on your car that most drivers are unable to. A caution alert makes sure you are aware of another vehicle’s proximity before you change lanes.

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

Even more good news for distracted drivers. Video cameras and lasers are also utilized to track the lane markings on the average roadway. When the system senses the car has begun vacating its lane, it will alert the driver with alarms and lights, a vibrating seat, and even a vibrating steering wheel.

Rear-View Camera

This feature is often confused with back-up cameras; but the difference between these two incredible advancements is stark. While back-up cameras typically have a limited field of view, rear view cameras normally 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 indicates, your car’s TPMS sensors keep track of the air pressure in all4 tires and notifies the driver with dashboard lights and even alarms should the tire pressure reach critical levels.

Facial Recognition Software

Finally, we have one of the newest innovations to our vehicle safety suites. Thanks to innovations in face recognition technology, cars, truck, and SUVs are starting to add this technology to monitor driver alertness. When calibrated to the driver’s unique physical attributes, the software can detect slight alterations in driver attention levels. The system will then alert the driver with dashboard lights and alarms. This being a brand-new technology, drivers can anticipate advanced notifying measures like vibrating seats and steering wheels.

Learn More About New Auto Safety Advancements

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to put your worries to rest when your teenage driver gets behind the wheel of a car equipped with any or all of these safety innovations. For more details on automotivesafety or for answers on any other automotive questions, please call us or stop by our showroom. We’ll be happy to help you with every one of your automotive needs.

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