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New Safety Innovations Resulting in Decline in Auto Accident Rates

May 22, 2011

Car accidents have been on the decline, and much of that can be attributed to the increase of safety features in newer vehicles over the years.

Safety features should be one of a car buyers main concerns when purchasing a new vehicle. With more than 11 million auto accidents resulting in 44,000 auto accident-related deaths annually, safety should trump style because it keeps Georgia residents safe in serious auto accidents.

Safety in automobiles can be broken down into two different categories of features. Passive safety features are those that help a person stay alive and unharmed in the event of an accident. Passive automobile safety features include:

  • Seat belts
  • Front airbags for the driver and passenger
  • Side airbags for head protection: These provide added protection. They are usually located in the roof rails and deploy downward protecting the head from crashes and rollovers.
  • Head restraints help minimize head injuries and whiplash.
  • Side impact bars
  • Fuel pump shut-off devices: Fuel injected cars have electric fuel pumps. If the car is in a collision, these should be designed to shut off automatically so fuel doesn't continue to pump and cause a fire.

The other major category of safety features is active safety features, which are preventative in that they help drivers avoid car accidents. This category of vehicle safety features includes the following:

  • Anti-lock braking systems (ABS): This prevents a driver from locking up the brakes and allows the driver to brake hard without losing control.
  • Turn signals
  • High performance tires
  • Dynamic steering response
  • Traction control and Four Wheel Drive
  • Electronic stability control (ESC, or ESP, ASC, DSC): These systems will take control when the car senses a loss of control.
  • Lane departure warning system: This safety device alerts drivers when their car is moving out of its lane.
  • Variable assist power steering: It makes parking and steering easier.
  • Adaptive cruise control: If you get too close to the vehicle in front of you, it will automatically slow you down and maintain a safe driving distance.
  • Cornering brake control: It improves braking in the corners and works in conjunction with the ABS system.
  • Dynamic brake control (DBC): This safety device provides maximum braking in an emergency situation or braking in as short a distance as possible.

Despite all of these safety features, a driver who remains alert and drives defensively is going to be the most effective safety measure to prevent serious Georgia auto accidents and accident-related injuries or fatalities. Overall, there was a decrease in the number of people that were killed in the U.S. on roadways in 2010. The decrease has been about 3% from 2009. This amounts to the fewest number of highway deaths in one year since 1949.

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Category: Auto Accidents

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