Indian car buyers have evolved over time. They now consider safety features as their priority more than the looks and price of a car. A car with more safety features is considered to be value for money. In this article, we will discuss five such safety features that all cars should get as a standard feature.
The airbag is a feature that you cannot miss in a car nowadays. Most cars get two airbags as a standard feature and as you go up the trim you get six or more airbags in some cars. The government has made 2 airbags as standard, and soon we should see even stricter safety norms come into place.
Side Impact Beams
Side impact beams are strength beams that are placed inside the doors and the pillars of a car that do not deform easily upon impact. These pillars or beams take up the impact and try to keep the cabin intact during a T-Bone crash. Adding side impact beams as a standard feature will make cars safer. Some might say that a thick A-pillar could cause a blind spot but it’s practically very useful at the time of an accident.
Seat Belts with Pretensioners
Cars should get seat belts that are equipped with pre-tensioners. A seatbelt with a pre-tensioner senses sudden acceleration and locks the seatbelt in place preventing any forward momentum due to inertia. Some cars do get seat belts with load limiter that is not as efficient as the seatbelts with pre-tensioners.
ABS with EBD
Anti-Lock Braking System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution are popularly known as ABS and EBD respectively. ABS is a safety anti-skid feature that operates by preventing the wheels from locking up during braking. EBD ensures the right amount of force is applied to each wheel to bring it to a complete halt. Many automobile manufacturers have started offering this as a standard feature across all variants.
There is nothing such as a strong car. A well-engineered car is always better than a strong car when it comes to safety. During a crash, the cars should not transfer the impact to you but instead, try and absorb the impact. A long hood and the dashboard area are supposed to absorb some of the impacts. Such crumple zones are made to absorb the impact and reduce the amount of force that would be transferred to the occupants of the car.
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