Safety features are essential factors if you’re looking to purchase your first car or your teen driver’s first car. Vehicle safety has come a long way, primarily because of Advanced Drivers Assistance Systems, or ADAS. Advanced safety features help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries on the road and are great features to have if you’re a new driver.
Most vehicles built within the last decade will have an Advanced Drivers Assistance System of some capacity. This article aims to help guide your new car purchase by informing you of different advanced safety features and what they do.
Here is our list of the top ADAS features to look for when buying your first vehicle.
Automatic braking is an advanced safety feature that uses radars or other sensors to detect when a crash is about to occur. These systems will initially alert the driver with audible or physical warnings, then engage the brake if the driver fails to do so. Automatic braking should never be used as a traditional braking practice, but having this feature equipped can help mitigate a collision.
Collision Warning & Monitoring
Forward and rear collision systems also help prevent accidents and may work in tandem with your automatic braking system, depending on the vehicle. These features, like others, receive feedback from windshield-mounted cameras and sensors to understand where your car is in relation to your surroundings.
Lane Departure Warning & Lane Keep Assist
These two advanced safety features perform similar but unique functions. Lane departure warning alerts the driver with audio or physical warnings when they start to veer off into another lane. The driver will still need to correct the vehicle back into the lane. Lane keep assist, however, is designed to automatically correct the vehicle’s steering and braking to get the car back into the correct lane. Vehicles may come with none, one, or both of these features. Having at least lane departure warning or lane-keep assist will help new drivers stay safe on the road.
Blind Spot Monitoring
Changing or merging lanes may be second nature for experienced drivers, but it can be a nightmare for new drivers. Blind-spot monitoring is an advanced safety feature that helps drivers avoid collisions while merging or changing lanes. If you’re new to driving, this feature can be a big help!
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
While not technically an ADAS feature, a car’s tire pressure monitoring system will help alert the driver when tire pressure fluctuates or becomes too low to drive. We decided to add this feature to the list since it can make new drivers feel more at ease behind the wheel.
Always Recalibrate Your ADAS After a Windshield Replacement
Advanced safety features in a vehicle will be no benefit to you if the system is not calibrated correctly. Advanced safety systems should always be recalibrated after a windshield replacement, a fault code, a disconnect, a change in suspension, or a wheel alignment. Contact us to schedule your appointment or learn more about our ADAS camera recalibration service.