Road safety has always been an issue. In the UK there is constantly demand for safer technology to protect motorists, passengers and pedestrians on the road.
With technology growing more advanced by the day, car safety features have begun to focus more on preventing accidents as opposed to supplying protection in the event of one.
For example, instead of completely relying on seat belts motorists can now benefit from systems that sense danger and automatically react to prevent a collision.
Below are five different car safety features that have pointed the way forward for more sophisticated road safety.
Rear parking sensors
Although rear parking sensors may seem a little basic, they have nevertheless put sensor safety technology in the limelight.
Rear parking sensors help motorists judge the distance between what they are reversing towards by emitting a noise, which grows faster as you draw closer.
Rear parking sensors are usually offered on more premium models, although affordable models like the Ford Focus offer it as an optional extra.
Lane change warning
Many accidents on the roads are caused from drivers either falling asleep at the wheel or simply not paying attention.
With the lane assist warning the car will alert the driver if they change lanes without indicating or drift out of a lane on the motorway, reducing the chances of them being in a collision.
This feature is usually quite an expensive luxury car feature, however it is offered on the Vauxhall Insignia saloon.
Electronic Stability Control
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) has been around for a while now, but not all new cars have it and it is soon to become a legal necessity on UK roads.
ESC helps prevent cars flipping in a tricky swerve manoeuvre, which requires a test to be carried out, commonly called the Elk test.
The majority of cars have it as standard and other offer it as an option, but it won’t be long before ESC is made mandatory as it is one of the fundamental road safety features.
Blind spot monitors
It may not seem like much of a danger but a blind spot in a car can easily cause a collision. When on the road, changing lanes in particular, motorists have a blind spot between their rear and front windows, which can pose a potential safety threat.
Blind spot monitors alert a driver when another car is in their blind spot by giving visual or audio signals. This makes them more aware of what is around them.
Again this is quite a luxury feature and is available with vehicles like the Mazda6.
Emergency brake assist
This feature goes hand in hand with the others and offers a brake assist feature in the event of a potential collision.
By alerting the driver with audio and visual warnings after sensing a collision with sensors, the brake assist feature gives the driver more time to react and put on the brakes before crashing.
The Ford Mondeo is just one of the models that use emergency brake assist.