As vehicles continue to evolve, so will the various types of features you can have installed in them. While many vehicles on the market today already come equipped with several different features, dealerships still sell basic models without any enhancements. While some might opt for just the vehicle with no extra gizmos and gadgets, there are some that might actually be worth the extra money to have installed in your vehicle, especially if you want to reduce your chances of having an accident occur.
With that said, if you are in the market for a new car and are wondering which features are worth installing so that the vehicle is safer for you and your family, below we highlight a few must-have safety enhancements Consumer Reports has highlighted that you might wish to equip your vehicle with given it is an available option.
- Automatic emergency braking. Have you ever found yourself driving a bit too fast for traffic or even traveling at the appropriate speed and the cars in front of you come to an abrupt stop? Rather than you catching it before it’s too late, an automatic emergency braking system would “apply the brakes on its own to prevent a collision when it senses a vehicle in its way or to reduce the force of an impact that can’t be avoided.”
- Forward collision warning. This feature “gives drivers a visual and/or audible warning that a collision may be imminent.”
- Blind spot warning/alert. If you’ve ever found yourself merging over into another lane you thought was unoccupied but quickly learn it is, this feature is definitely one you’ll want to consider. The blind spot warning/alert “gives drivers a visual and/or audible notification that a vehicle is alongside the car in a blind spot.”
While Consumer Reports recommends the features mentioned above as the must-have enhancements you won’t want to go without, below are some must-have convenience features that still contribute to making your ride a safer one.
- Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These features “bring familiar smartphone interfaces and some important but limited features and usability to the car’s infotainment system.” This allows the driver to keep their phone out of hand but still interact with certain features on it via their car’s built-in screen.
- Knobs for audio and climate systems. Consumer Reports says that physical knobs used to adjust the temperature and the volume of the radio are better to have as they are less likely to distract you from driving as would having touch-sensitive controls instead.
Now, if you are looking to purchase a new vehicle as you were recently involved in a wreck in Nashville, consider adding these safety enhancements and others to your newly purchased vehicle to prevent yet another crash from transpiring. And if you haven’t yet consulted with a car wreck lawyer to find out how much you are entitled to collect for vehicle repairs, injuries, medical expenses, and more, we encourage you to contact our office to speak with Nashville, TN car wreck attorney George R. Fusner Jr. today. While you may not need to retain an attorney just yet, it can definitely benefit you to speak with one regarding your accident so that you can become more familiar with what your rights are.