Traction control, anti-lock brakes, BAS (brake assist system), 4-wheel steering, advanced parking guidance system and of course, ESP (electronic stability control). Today’s automobiles have a host of built in safety features to help save us from our own worst enemy… ourselves. Systems that you may not even know about are in place to get you out of trouble and keep your car on the straight and narrow.
The automobile, in basic form, hasn’t changed much over the last 50 years. Sure, its’ size and shape may have evolved, but the basic formula is still the same; a people carrying shell that sits over 4-wheels with an engine in place to propel us forward. Advancements in technology have saved millions of lives on the open road. With the advent of crumple zones, airbags and rollover technology, the cars of today have become virtual safety capsules. The problem however is that most people are unaware of what these individual features do. To them, they are nothing more than a warning light on the dashboard.
So, with that being said, here is a great demonstration video of how your car tries to keep you safe. ** I supposed I should throw a disclaimer in here that states that not all cars carry all of these safety features. For a listing of what your car contains, I would refer to your owners’ manual. Also, for more information on automobile safety check out the nations premier source of vehicle safety information: http://www.safecar.gov