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New-Car Features That Will Instantly Boost Car Safety In 2021 

Car safety features in modern vehicle models have come a long way when compared to the past decade. Before, the most common safety features were the anti-lock brakes and airbags. Today, advanced automobile technology has introduced a new build of cars with innovative and intelligent preventive features that ensure all vehicle models are safe even when parked.

Such improvements have especially come in handy during the pandemic where car thefts have steadily increased. In California’s urban regions, the statistics reveal that a vehicle is stolen every 3.5 minutes. This is because the Coronavirus imposed lockdown starting from 2020, and the containment measures extending to 2021 have restricted most car users from moving around freely hence many automobiles have been parked for extended periods with no close supervision. Car break-ins and thefts are now rampant prompting car owners to seek improved security measures.

If you intend to purchase a new car in 2021 or make some upgrades, below are some must-have safety features that you can look out for. Such are intended to not only guarantee the car’s security from break-ins but also the driver’s and passenger’s safety when driving.

  1. Remote parking and exit systems

With technology, advanced cars can park by themselves but under the supervision of the driver. The idea behind cars parking and exiting on their own is that cars can park safely with enough room to exit the car.

Manufacturers like Kia, for example, offer a version known as ‘Remote Smart Parking Assist’ where the driver can move their car in and out autonomously with the use of a key fob.

  1. 360 Degree Vision

Some vehicles come fitted with sensors and cameras that are strategically placed around the car. This gives you more visibility when driving or parking. You get a 360-degree view that can also warn you in case of any incoming danger.

  1. Facial Recognition Software

The facial recognition software is put in place to measure the level of alertness of the driver. It warns you when it detects you are not alert on the road. There are different ways it alerts you, like a buzzer sound or some form of vibration on your car seat.

The night vision features can warn the driver of pedestrians or bicycles crossing in the dark. With the intelligent headlights, they automatically lower their hi-beam towards oncoming traffic.

  1. Locks

Having the best lock for your car is an essential safety measure that adequately protects your car from theft. Some locks come designed to deny entry into the car and trunk compartments. Such locking systems include keyless entry systems, light delay systems, door and trunk locks, and electronically coded keys.

There are internal and external hood locks that help prevent car theft. Such locks work best on vehicles with battery-powered alarm systems because a thief cannot disconnect the power source and disable the siren.

It would be best to seek the help of a professional auto locksmith who can recommend the best locks that will ensure your car’s safety depending on the individual model. A reliable auto-locksmith in California will provide extra services like roadside assistance, on-site key replacement, 24-hour response to auto emergencies, keyfob repair and so much more!

  1. Blind Spot Detection

Some car models come fitted with blind-spot detection, and they warn you by either beeping or steering wheel vibration when approaching a blind spot. However, some newer models have taken the detection a step further.

For example, Honda now offers the ‘Lane Watch’ that shows you the side view on your infotainment screen when indicating. The Audi e-Tron offers you the option of replacing the side mirrors with cameras that show a live video feed onto a 7-inch display located at the base of the A-pillars.

  1. Intersection-scanning AEB

Since its introduction in the late 2000s, autonomous emergency braking or the AEB system is a must-have feature on many cars. The system operates through the use of sensors that detect obstacles and regulate their speed towards them. It can break once it detects the driver is not slowing down.

There is a newer version known as the ‘intersection collision warning system’ that uses radar systems that detect the approach of vehicles at an intersection and avoid a collision. Some cars with this feature include Mazda BT-50, Volkswagen Touareg, Kia Carnival, Toyota Yaris, Isuzu D-Max, and some Audi models.

  1. Adaptive Cruise Control

The Adaptive Cruise Control or ACC is a system that uses sensors and radars. These are usually mounted inside the grille and lock onto the car ahead, assisting the car to maintain a safe distance by automatically applying the throttle when in acceleration and brakes when traffic starts to slow down.

The system is standard in vehicles that travel long distances or when there is heavy traffic congestion.

It is essential to note the above safety features that will keep you, your passengers, your car, and pedestrians safe. Also, when it comes to installing locks for your car, be sure to entrust the help of a professional and trusted locksmith.


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