When I searching for my new car I must have visited dozens of dealerships like Don Van Chrysler and Jeep. It’s hard to know what to look for if it’s your first time purchasing a new vehicle. While looking at the Jeep brand, I was asked what safety features I was looking for. Honestly, I never knew all that was involved. So let’s discuss Safety Features to Look for When Purchasing a New Car. I can almost guarantee you, that you didn’t think about all of this either.
Before you say, “Oh every car has that.” In part you are right. Before ABS, your breaks would lock up when braking hard and you wouldn’t be able to steer the car correctly. ABS allows the driver to retain steering control while braking, so that the car can be maneuvered around an obstacle, if necessary.
My current car is the first one I’ve ever used with traction control. These electronically controlled system limits wheel spin during acceleration so that the drive wheels have maximum traction. Works great and helps so much.
While safety belts have always saved lives, any new enhancements are awesome. One of my favorites is how seatbelts instantly retract the belts to take up slack during a frontal impact. Most even lock in place, I love that!
All vehicles are now required to have the LATCH system to make child-seat installation easier and more secure. The system features built-in lower anchors and top tether attachment points for LATCH-compatible child safety seats. We make sure to use the LATCH system anytime we install a car seat onto any car. The LATCH system is also great to restrain pets.
Underinflated tires can hurt handling and fuel economy. They can even lead to a blowout as underinflated tires are more susceptible to damage and wear. So as of October 2006, all cars must have monitors. It has come in handy for us, especially when it starts to get cold.