Well, okay, this is a different topic, and probably not the most obvious one to some. But I guarantee that some of us will be a little more informed, people might even feel safer when they drive to work tomorrow. Whether you’re a consumer or a car sales consultant, this article will list a dozen important safety features found in every car on the road. The consumer can benefit from knowing what is in today’s automobiles, in case he comes across the salesperson who is not the most educated in his product knowledge. And finally, Sales Consultants can enhance their presentations with these tasty tidbits and increase potential commissions. So, without fail, these are the top safety features found on the exterior of those cars.
#1: Crumple Zones – A mainstay in today’s automobiles, this is the harmonious flow of numerous body panels and supports that absorb the energy normally associated with a crash. Parts like the hood, bumper and fenders are designed to deform like an accordion, so they bear the brunt of any accidental situation.
#2-Wraparound Headlights: As the name implies, this is a one-piece headlight design that integrates the low beam, high beam, and turn signals. Headlights wrap from the front or rear of the car to the sides. Halogen headlights are not only brighter and wider with the use of reflective cutouts on the camera, but people driving along our blind spots can easily tell our intentions to change lanes. As a result, causing fewer accidents.
#3-Separable Engine Mounts – These mounts hold the engine to the frame of the car. They go unnoticed, but the life-saving impact is enormous. In a frontal impact collision, they are specifically designed to separate the engine from the frame and, with forward movement, will cause the engine to slide under the car at a 45-degree angle. Making it less likely that you will have an engine sitting in your lap when the crash stops.
#4: Steel Belted Radials – It’s pretty obvious, our tires are very important safety features, they’re what keep the car on the road. Tires are built with embedded steel fibers, how do they help? Well, motorists will have peace of mind knowing that their tires will hold up under even the most extreme conditions. Those belts will also give these tires a longer life. Less long-term maintenance.
#5 – ventilated disc brakes – As important as the tires are, disc brakes stop the car. Brakes are built with a rotor, pads, and calipers for short. The rotors are designed with internal vanes to help vent heat. And this will help defend against fading and make frequent brake repairs less likely.
#6-Side Impact Door Beams-Like crumple zones, this helps absorb energy in a side impact collision. They are steel intrusion beams built into the door for additional reinforcement. All cars and trucks have these.
#7-Laminated windshield-This could be important, it is the same object that prevents bugs from getting into our teeth and rain from our hair. The windshield is made up of two pieces of tempered glass with a sheet of laminate in between. This is a glass sandwich that holds together well when sharp or heavy objects are struck against it. No breaking or flying large pieces of glass.
#8 Tempered Safety Glass – The other glass that gives us 360 degrees of protection is also designed with safety in mind. Automotive glass is heat tempered so that when it is broken, it breaks into a multitude of small cubes. The small cubes will not cut or insult the occupants.
#9-Child Safety Door Locks – As the name implies, these are small locks on the inner door jambs of both rear doors (4 door sedan or station wagon only). Close them and the little ones in the back seat can’t open and pull the interior door handles while we’re driving.
#10-5 mph bumper – I would classify this as a safety item for the car itself. In the event that a driver lightly hits a power pole, grocery cart, etc. at 5 mph or less, major structural damage is unlikely. These days the government mandated limit to follow is 2.5 mph, most car manufacturers have the 5 mph variety.
#11 – Center High Mounted Brake Light – It’s really just a third brake light mounted higher than the two main brake lights, and most cars have them. Its main purpose is to make drivers behind the motorist aware of their braking intentions, normally cars 6-10 behind can see this clearly.
#12-Roll Cage Construction: Think of a built-in roll cage, it’s the main exoskeletal feature that provides the most protection. In every accidental situation, this protects 360 degrees. We can even literally flip a car or truck on its roof, the cage will support 1.5 times its own weight. there is nothing more important.
So there is our short list of security features, hopefully readers can use this information. And perhaps, this will create more awareness of how safe our cars really are. We will no longer identify security as just airbags and alarm systems, our everyday drivers have been designed as intricately as the human body. All this to make our trips a safer one.