More and more car manufacturers have started offering a lot of safety features as standard. Some that are considered most important among them are ABS and airbags, which according to customers make cars absolutely safe. Yes, they do make the cars safe to some extent, but there are a lot of other safety features that you should absolutely have in a car.
What are other features that you should look for? We have prepared a list of five such features that you should absolutely have in your next car. Here’s the list.
A completely indispensable feature to have, if you have an infant at home, or if you are planning to have a child. While you may think that children are safe in your lap, actually they aren't. A child would actually be more safe in a child seat which is securely put in place inside a car. The ISOFIX lets you put a child seat securely on the rear bench of the seat and fasten it with a seat belt. It secures the baby’s seat, so that in an event of a collision, it does not move. Some of the entry-level hatchbacks that offer this feature are Mahindra KUV100 and Maruti Suzuki Ignis.
We all intend to stop the car in an event of a likely collision. While we may correctly perceive that a collision is about to happen, and we may apply the brakes. However, the force with which we apply the brakes, may not be less than what the brakes can handle. The Brake Assist feature interprets the driver input and analyses if full braking pressure is required and delivers it in the event of need. It ultimately helps reduce stopping distance and omits driver's error. Cars that offer this feature include Nissan Micra, Maruti Suzuki Swift etc.
Seat belt pre-tensioner and Load Limiter
We all know that a seat belt secures the passenger in the event of a collision. It works well and secures the lower body, however, it does not secure the upper body. Upper body is secured by the pre-tensioner which tightens the belt in anticipation the event of hard-braking and prevents the injury to some extent. Likewise to prevent injury from the seat belt, immediately after collision, the force acted on the passenger due to the belt is limited using the load limiter. Almost every other car these days offer this features some examples are Honda Brio, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Tata Tiago.
Electronic brake-force distribution
Most cars that offer ABS, offer it with Electronic Brake-force Distribution feature. It works on the principle that not all wheels car take equal braking force due to the changing the load conditions because of weight transfer and passengers present in the car. Application of excessive force on the wheel which cannot take it would cause it to skid, EBD ensure that maximum force is applied according to changing load conditions so that car stops in minimum distance. Tata Tiago, Maruti Suzuki Swift, Honda Brio, Maruti Ignis, Ford Figo are few cars that offer this feature.
Last but certainly not the least, airbags prevent injury to the passengers by providing a cushion to the passengers in case of collision. They operate as soon as the car collides with another object and the crumple zone deforms. They prevent the passengers crashing into hard plastics of the dashboard and steering. In case of some cars you can deactivate the passenger side airbag, hence minimizing cost of repair. Renault Kwid, Maruti Ignis, Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R, Alto, Tata Tiago etc. are some of the cars that offer this feature.