It took a pandemic to teach humans that nothing matters more than life, not even money. The COVID-19 will eventually curb with the constant efforts everyone is putting in. But, if demographics are to be compared in India, road accidents have taken much more lives as compared to this virus. Thus, the need of the hour is to make sure the cars you buy are safe. So, here is a list of 10 essential safety features that a car must be equipped with.
The driver-side airbag has been made mandatory under the BNVSAP safety norms in India. But, you should look for a car that at least has dual airbags at the front, for both the driver and passenger. Any number more than that is great. Airbags act crucial at the times of accidents as they act as restraints and reduce the level of damage one might incur.
ABS with EBD
The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) prevents the locking of tyres in case of braking ensuring that you have control over the vehicle. It is fruitful in the event of braking in the event of the sudden appearance of an obstacle. Paired with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) which distributes the brake force according to various parameters such as speed, traction at the wheel and road conditions, this system can act handy in crucial times. So, make sure that the car you plan to buy has ABS with EBD. BTW, you don’t need to worry, this has also been made mandatory by the government of India under BNVSAP norms.
Cornering Stability Control
It is a part of the Electronic Stability Control system. This system is essential as it prevents the car from rolling or skidding outwards while curve manoeuvres, especially at high speeds. This system distributes the brake-force accordingly and ensures that each wheel has traction with the road.
Rear parking sensors
These sensors not only help a driver while parking a car but also ensure the safety of the pedestrians that might be at risk while reversing the car. These sensors sense any obstacle and accordingly alarm the driver, depending upon the distance between the car and the obstacle.
As the name suggests, this feature restrains the seatbelt in the event of sudden braking or crash, which prevents the movement of the occupants restraining them to the seat. Thankfully, most of the cars in India come equipped with seatbelt pre-tensioners.
Speed Sensing Door Lock
After attaining a certain speed, the doors of car lock automatically ensuring the safety of the occupants. BNVSAP has made it mandatory for the cars to have a speed-sensing alarm, but the automatic door lock has not been made mandatory. So, to ensure safety, do make sure that the car you plan to buy has speed sensing door lock.
Impact Sensing Door Unlock
Most of the times, after accidents, occupants remain trapped inside the car as the car doors remain locked. This system unlocks the door as soon as the car experiences impact during crash making it possible for the occupants to open the doors.
Panic Braking Signal
Some may not regard this feature as an essential one. But in reality, this simple feature can help in the prevention of crashes. In case of sudden braking, the brake lights at the rear glow at a high-frequency flashing, which alerts the driver behind about the impending danger. Thus, this active system of safety in cars can prevent the hazard.
In the event of a side crash, it is the B-pillar that can mitigate the aftereffects of the crash, lowering the damage to the occupants. So, if the B-pillar is reinforced, it can lower the impact thus enhancing the safety inside the car.
ISOFIX Child-Seat Anchors
This might not be essential for those, who don’t have a child in the family. But for the ones with little toddlers, ISOFIX Child Anchors are a must. It allows you to fix a child seat in the car.
So, this is a list of must-have safety features in your car. Are there any features that can be added to this list? Let us know in the comments section below.