Posted on: 8 October 2015
Statistics show that around 28 percent of all car accidents are rear end accidents. Preventing this type of accident could drastically reduce the amount of accidents on the road and save drivers from the resulting auto body damage.
Rear end accident damage could cost a car owners upwards of $10,000 in repairs. This figure doesn't even factor in the potential medical costs of injuries resulting from rear end accidents. Drivers can suffer from whiplash due to rear end accidents that could cause chronic back and neck problems.
Fortunately, automobile manufacturers are constantly developing safety features meant to minimize the risk of rear end collision. Drivers looking to protect themselves from rear end collision hazards can purchase specially equipped vehicles with advanced lighting, braking, and sensory features.
The following are four of the most recent developments auto makers have made in preventing this rear end collision hazards:
Collision warning systems
Collision warning systems use sensors to detect obstacles and alert a driver when a vehicle is coming dangerously close to an object located nearby. This type of system is especially useful in detecting obstacles that are located in a vehicle's blind spots and making drivers aware of hazards that are not readily visible.
Automatic emergency braking
Vehicles with automatic emergency braking (AEB) will automatically brake when the vehicle becomes dangerously close to obstacles up ahead. This technology functions thanks to the combination of both radar and video systems that create an image of the forward view of the vehicle in real time.
Whether or not the driver applies brakes, automatic emergency braking will kick in when brakes are needed to mitigate the severity of rear end accidents. Ideally, automatic emergency braking will entirely prevent accidents if the vehicle is not moving too quickly to avoid collision.
Adaptive cruise control
Adaptive cruise control allows the driver to set a cruise control speed that remains constant unless there are obstacles up ahead of the vehicle. A vehicle with adaptive cruise control will automatically adjust its cruise control speed to prevent a collision with a vehicle up ahead.
Adaptive brake lights
Adaptive brake lights give a warning to drivers behind a vehicle when a vehicle is coming to an abrupt stop. When vehicle brakes are suddenly and forcefully applied, adaptive brake lights will flash rapidly, indicating urgency rather than simply displaying continuous illumination.
Vehicles with adaptive brake lighting often have a hazard light in addition to the standard brake lights. Adaptive brake light systems create a clear warning in emergency braking situations that drivers behind recognize and heed to avoid an impending collision.
These are tips to keep in mind if you're looking for a new, safer car. However, if you've already been in an accident and need repair work done, contact a shop like Ohs' Body Shop's Inc.Share