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While not standard on the majority of new vehicles, more models are including one or more technology features that help prevent collisions. These technologies can save lives and prevent injuries. According to David Zuby, chief research officer at the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), crash avoidance technology – like front crash prevention – is possibly more important than seatbelts and airbags. Read on to learn how other technological advancements are keeping us safe in our vehicles.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Electronic stability control is a computerized technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing the loss of traction during a skid. When loss of control or skidding is detected, the technology automatically applies the brakes individually to help steer the vehicle where the driving intends to go. Some systems even reduce engine power until control is regained. ESC is so important that Transport Canada requires that all new vehicles produced since late 2011 include this feature.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
AEB is a technology that alerts a driver to an impending crash and helps the vehicle use its maximum braking capacity to stop the vehicle and avoid the collision. Advanced systems, in certain circumstances will automatically stop the vehicle. Some systems even include pedestrian detection. The IIHS reports that rear-end crashes are the most common type of collision reported to police. Almost half of these types of accidents are prevented by AEB according to an IIHS study.
Lane Departure Warning and Prevention
This feature is offered on many models using different descriptions, but the basic operations are the same. Lane departure warning will alert the driver when the vehicle drifts out of the current lane. Further, lane departure prevention operates the same but with an automatic correction. The automatic feature greatly affects the handling of a vehicle, so a test drive is critical. This technology has reduced the number of single-vehicle, sideswipe and head-on crashes reported to police.
Blind Spot Warning
This technology uses a radar to “see” vehicles that you may miss using mirrors alone and will help you avoid those close-call collisions when changing lanes. Blind spot detection has reduced lane-change crashes by 14%, according to another IIHS study.
Front/Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
This feature will alert the driver when a vehicle is approaching from the side and can be quite useful in parking lots and other situations when visibility is impaired by other vehicles, buildings, trees and bushes. The capabilities of these systems can vary greatly; some will alert with lights and sounds while others will make an automatic correction.
For your bumper repair service, paint repair service and minor collision repair service in the St. Louis area, contact Spirit West Rapid Refinish at 636-386-8060 Monday through Friday between 9:00am – 5:00pm or stop by our convenient location at 14643 Manchester Rd, Manchester, MO 63011.
Spirit West Motor Carriage, founded in 1977, is a full-service auto body repair shop serving the St. Louis and surrounding Metro area. For nearly four decades, our family-owned business and our experienced staff have been providing quality auto collision repair, mechanical, paintless dent repair (PDR), complete paint refinishing, and wheel and framing alignment services.