What Are Some Basic Car Safety Equipment Options?


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Basic car safety equipment include adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance systems, autonomous braking and adaptive headlights. Many vehicles are also equipped with backup cameras, reverse backup sensors, side-view assist and parking assist.

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Adaptive cruise control keeps track of the distance between two vehicles. If the car in front begins to slow down, cruise control drops its speed to keep a safe distance. Alternately, if the car speeds up, adaptive cruise control follows suit.

Forward collision avoidance systems also keep track of the distance between two cars. If the chance of a collision is high, it alerts the driver with sounds or lights. In the event that the driver is unable to respond to the collision avoidance system's warning, autonomous braking takes over. The car slows down on its own to try to prevent an accident or lessen the potential for damage.

Adaptive headlights change the strength and focus of the beams of the headlights as the car rounds turns. This allows the driver to concentrate on watching the road and prevents accidents caused by unseen obstructions.

Backup cameras are located in the rear-view mirror or on the dashboard display. They provide a view of the area behind the vehicle to assist the driver while parallel parking or backing out into a street. These cameras work in conjunction with reverse backup sensors that sound when there is danger of the vehicle backing into something.

Side-view assist helps motorists by alerting them when a car is in their blind spot. The alert only sounds when the turn signal is engaged.

Parking assist is a parallel-parking guide. It first guides the driver to the correct starting position and then parallel parks the car for them.

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