Auto Safety Advancements For Teenagers & New Drivers: The Ten Best

If you’re the parent of a teen or new driver, then you undoubtedly have questions about the newest automotive safety advancements. Don’t feel like you’re alone. Your baby has reached driving age and their world is about to get a whole lot bigger and possibly more dangerous. But before you put your hard-earned cash on a new army tank for your teen, we’ve got some excellent news. There are some new safety innovations available in most cars that are excellent for your teen or new driver. So fasten your seat belts, and join us for a look at the ten best safety features in today’s cars and trucks.

What Are Today’s Ten Best Safety Advancements In Vehicles

Auto safety technology is as old as the creation of the automobile itself and many of those very early technologies are still with us, albeit in a much more modern variation. However you’re probably not here to check out advancements in seat belts. You want details about the very best safety features in 21st-century cars, trucks, and SUVs and we’ve got them for you:

ACC: Adaptive Cruise Control

The most safe vehicles are cars, trucks, or SUVs with the very best technology. One of the most advanced safety systems offered is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). ACC uses powerful radar sensors to keep your vehicle at an acceptable range from cars in front of you and your passengers. Here is how the ACC feature works:

  • The driver sets the cruise control max speed.
  • The ACC radar system stays at a safe distance from the cars in front of you.
  • When identifying an impending accident, the ACC will use the car’s AEB system (see the next safety option) to slow or stop the car.

AEB: Automatic Emergency Braking

Distracted driving has become a bigger problem nowadays. This is largely due to personal device use while driving, particularly with teenage drivers. AEB systems are specifically designed to avoid a collision before it happens. In the event of an imminent impact, the AEB system will:

  • Alert the driver with an audible alarm – some systems utilize vibrating steering wheels and seats, as well.
  • If the driver does not engage the brake fast enough to prevent a collision, the AEB system will engage the brakes automatically to help avoid or minimize the intensity of a forward collision.
  • In the event the driver needs further stopping assistance, the next safety option kicks in.

Crash Imminent Braking (CIB)/Dynamic Brake Support (DBS)

More automotive makers are adding additional automated brake systems to assist drivers in avoiding or drastically minimizing the seriousness of an accident. The addition of a CIB/DBS system helps the driver by:

  • Automatically adding brake pressure should the car or truck senses the driver’s braking pressure is inadequate to stop the vehicle before a collision.
  • Should the driver fail to apply the brakes at all, the CIB system kicks in to automatically apply the brakes to prevent or minimize the damage of a collision.

Adaptive Headlights

Dark corners on inadequately lit roadways are a thing of the past with these extraordinary head lights. Linked to the steering system, the headlights turn in the exact same direction the steering wheel is turning in order to light up the area the car, truck, or SUV is turning into. This innovation is incredibly helpful in rural areas with minimal or no outside lighting.

Forward Collision Warning

Distracted driving is becoming much less of a problem thanks to this safety feature. Cameras, radar, and even lasers are masterfully utilized to inform drivers when obstacles in front of them are getting too close to the front of your car. Throw in an automatic emergency braking system and you can rest easy when your teen driver gets on the road.

Blind Spot Detection

Speaking of keeping your eyes on the road, that aggravating blind spot has finally been removed thanks to this safety advancement. Video cameras and\or lasers keep an eye out in areas on your vehicle that most drivers are notable to. A warning alert makes sure you are aware of another car’s proximity before you change lanes.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)/Lane Keeping System (LKS)

Even more good news for distracted drivers. Lasers and cameras are also made use of to track the lane markings on the average street. When the system detects the vehicle has begun vacating its lane, it will notify the driver with lights and alarms, a vibrating steering wheel, and even a vibrating seat.

Rear-View Camera

Not to be confused with back-up cameras, the difference between these two remarkable advancements is stark. While back-up cameras commonly have a limited field of view, rear view cameras usually make use of wide-angle lenses to give the driver a much broader view of who or what is behind them.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

As the name implies, your car’s TPMS sensors monitor the air pressure in all4 tires and notifies the driver with dashboard lights and even alarms should the tire pressure reach critical levels.

Facial Recognition Software

Finally, we have one of the most recent enhancements to our automotive safety suites. Thanks to improvements in face recognition technology, cars are beginning to add this tech to monitor driver awareness. Once calibrated to the driver’s distinct features, the software can identify slight alterations in driver focus levels. The software will then alert the driver with dashboard lights and alarms. This being a brand-new safety feature, drivers can expect more advanced alerting measures like vibrating steering wheels and seats.

Learn More About The Best New Auto Safety Innovations

As you can see, there are lots of reasons to relax when your teen driver gets behind the wheel of a car or truck loaded with any or all of these safety features. To learn more on vehicularsafety or for answers on any other automotive questions, please contact us or come by our showroom. We’ll be happy to assist you with all of your automotive needs.

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