Vehicle Safety Innovations For Teens New Drivers: The Top 10

If you're the parent of a new or teen driver, then you've probably got concerns concerning the newest auto safety innovations. Don't feel like you're alone. Your precious child has reached driving age and their world is about to get a whole lot bigger and quite possibly more hazardous. However before you spend your hard-earned cash on a new army tank for your new driver, we've got some great news. There are some technologically advanced safety innovations offered in most vehicles that are perfect for your teenage or new driver. So fasten your seat belts, and join us for a look at the top ten safety features in today's vehicles.

Which of Today's Auto Safety Features Are the Ten Top?

Car safety tech is as old as the creation of the automobile itself and a number of those very early innovations are still with us, albeit in a far more advanced variation. However you're probably not here to read about advancements in seat belts. You want details about the best safety features in 21st-century cars, trucks, and SUVs and we've got them for you:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

The most safe vehicles are cars, trucks, or SUVs with the best modern technology. One of the most advanced safety systems offered is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). ACC utilizes cutting-edge radar sensors to keep your car or truck at an acceptable range from vehicles in front of you and your loved ones. Here is how the ACC feature works:

  • The driver establishes the cruise control max speed.
  • The ACC radar system keeps pace with the vehicles you are following.
  • When identifying an imminent accident, the ACC will utilize the car's AEB system (see the next safety option) to slow or stop the car.

AEB: Automatic Emergency Braking

Distracted driving is a bigger issue for 21st century drivers. This is largely due to personal device usage while driving, particularly with teen drivers. AEB systems are specifically designed to avoid a collision before it occurs. In the event of an unavoidable impact, the AEB system will:

  • Alert the driver with an audible alarm - some systems will also use vibrating seats and steering wheels, as well.
  • If the driver does not engage the brake fast enough to prevent an accident, the AEB system will apply the brakes automatically to help stop or minimize the extent of a forward collision.
  • In case the driver needs further braking assistance, the next safety feature kicks in.

Dynamic Brake Support (DBS)/Crash Imminent Braking (CIB)

Many more automotive manufacturers are adding extra automatic braking systems to assist drivers in avoiding or drastically minimizing the seriousness of a mishap. The addition of a DBS/CIB system assists the driver by:

  • Automatically adding brake pressure should the car or truck senses the driver's braking pressure is inadequate to stop the vehicle before a collision.
  • Should the driver fail to use the brakes at all, the CIB system will automatically use the brakes to prevent or decrease the damage of an accident.

Adaptive Headlights

Dark corners on badly lit roads are a thing of the past with these incredible head lights. Linked to the steering system, the headlights turn in the very same direction the steering wheel is turning in order to illuminate the area the car, truck, or SUV is turning into. This safety feature is particularly helpful in rural areas with limited or no outside lights.

Forward Collision Warning

Thanks to this safety innovation, driving while distracted is becoming much less of an issue. Cameras, radar, and even lasers are masterfully used to signal drivers when vehicles in front of them are getting too near to the front of your car. Toss in an automated emergency braking system and you can relax when your teen driver is on the road.

Blind Spot Detection

Thanks to this safety feature, the annoying blind spot has finally been eliminated. Video cameras and\or lasers keep an eye out in areas on your car that many drivers are unable to. A caution alert ensures you are aware of another vehicle's presence before you change lanes.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)/Lane Keeping System (LKS)

Even more good news for distracted drivers. Lasers and cameras are also used to track the lane markings on the typical highway. When the system senses the vehicle has begun vacating its lane, it will inform the driver with lights and alarms, a vibrating seat, and even a vibrating steering wheel.

Rear-View Camera

Not to be confused with back-up cameras, the difference between these 2 outstanding innovations is stark. While back-up cameras often have a restricted visual field, rear view cameras typically use wide-angle lenses to provide the driver a much more comprehensive view of what or who is behind them.

TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring System

As the name indicates, your car's TPMS sensors keep track of the air pressure in all four tires and notifies the driver with dashboard lights and even an alarm should the tire pressure reach critical levels.

Facial Recognition Software

Finally, we have one of the latest enhancements to our automotive safety suites. Thanks to improvements in facial recognition technology, cars are starting to add this tech to keep track of driver awareness. When calibrated to the driver's unique facial features, the software can detect a change in driver focus levels. The system will then inform the driver with dashboard lights and alarms. This being a new safety feature, drivers can expect more advanced notifying measures like vibrating steering wheels and seats.

Learn More About The Top New Car Safety Innovations

As you can see, there are a lot of reasons to relax when your teenage driver gets behind the wheel of a car or truck outfitted with any or all of these safety innovations. For more details on vehicular safety or for answers on any other vehicular questions, please contact us or come by our showroom. We'll more than happy to assist you with all of your automotive needs.

Top 10 Vehicle Safety Advancements For Teens New Drivers