For many, safety features are some of the most important things about their car. But what does “staying safe” mean for a car? Complete Collision is here to help. Discover more about what standard practices have been keeping you and your family safe, no matter if you have something from a Ford to a Toyota to an Acura. As your collision specialist, we want you to be aware of how your car works to keep you safe.

Standard Safety Features

As time goes on, car companies are coming out with more and more safety features for newer cars. Some of these are more cameras, pedestrian tracking, and more high-tech features. And, of course, these vary from vehicle to vehicle. What are some safety features that we’ve seen on cars for some time now? And what do these features do to protect us?

The first is most obvious: the seatbelts. We’re sure you’ve seen adverts such as “click-it or ticket.” Wearing your seatbelt is so important that we have laws punishing those who don’t. Having a negative consequence like this influences people to wear their seatbelts, potentially saving their life in the event of a crash. But how do seatbelts protect us? By strapping across our pelvis and torso, seatbelts keep us in one place, leading to less injury and death. Without them, you’re likely to be thrown all over your vehicle or even through the windshield. 

Speaking of the windshield—that’s also meant to protect you. And no, not just from bugs and the weather. Now standard practice, these are made of shatter-resistant glass. Why? This adds another layer of protection, but on the off chance that it does shatter, it won’t be sharp. Instead, it will be pellets that are less likely to hurt you. Additionally, automotive glass is made of either laminated or tempered glass, and both together to guard you. 

Did you know that mirrors used to not be standard? Imagine driving now, trying to merge, and you end up getting into an accident. It’s not exactly great when you have a blind spot. But with a mirror, you can have an easier time seeing in those blind spots and avoiding missteps. 

Airbags also make a big difference. Even though there can be injuries, airbags reduce the force that would’ve been exerted onto you from the seatbelt and from crashing into the windshield. Some cars allow you to turn these off, but we don’t advise this if it’s not necessary. 

Lastly, there are the crumple zones. It may not be pretty, but there are areas of the car’s exterior designed to crumple like a ball of paper in the event of an accident. These zones allow the force to be spread out instead of focusing on one area. Instead of the car crumpling on you, it can instead collapse into these areas.

Your Trusted Collision Specialist

Of course, these are just the standards. As we said, every car comes with its own safety features, offering more to provide the best possible vehicle. Want to know more about subjects just like this? No matter if you have a Honda, Ford, Acura, or more, we’re the collision specialist for you. Learn more through our blog or send us a question online.