The safest car on the road?

What is the best car safety system on the road today? You may be tempted to think of Volvo, whose cars are renowned for their safety technology. However, you’d be wrong.

The Ford Focus has been awarded the Best Car Safety System by BusinessCar in its ‘Techie’ awards for the Driver Assist Pack, which includes a low speed safety system.

Simply put, the system looks at the road ahead when the car is driving at low speeds, for example in a built up city area.

If the system ‘sees’ something in the road ahead of the car, it can first warn the driver. If there is still no reaction, the system can automatically apply the brakes to prevent a collision.

It’s a clever bit of kit, and a growing feature on new cars, particularly in the premium and business segments of the market.

The fact it appears as a £750 optional extra on the Ford Focus hatchback is testament to the brand’s focus on improving the safety in its cars.

“It’s a big tick next to the box marked duty of care,” said BusinessCar editor Paul Barker. “The most useful feature is its low speed safety system, which prevents or mitigates accidents in urban areas. For such a range of technologies brought together as one option, a price well into four figures would be expected.”

However, the pack does not just include a low speed safety system. Here are two other handy features:

Traffic sign recognition: This feature recognises traffic signs (unsurprisingly). The speed limit sign recognition means the speed limit of the road a driver is on is displayed on the dashboard display – reducing the risk of going over the limit and getting flashed by a speed camera.

Blind spot information: The Blind Spot Information System is a clever bit of technology which warns the driver if there is a vehicle in the blind spot and prevents accidents when changing lanes. Particularly useful when there are bikers in the area.

So if you’re looking for the safest car on the road today, look no further than the new 2012 Ford Focus and its Driver Assist pack.