Car Safety

We depend on our cars everyday to transport the most important things in our lives- our family. And while car safety has improved over the years there are many items that can be extremely effective in helping your family be safe in your vehicle.

Tire Pressure

While tire pressure is not an innovation or new car safety technology it is one of the things that you can easily do to make your vehicle much more safer and even more economical to drive due to gas savings. Many vehicles are driven with under inflated tires. Under inflated tires can cause a wide range of problems including handling when turning and handling at high speeds. The problem is that many people are unaware that their vehicle has under inflated tires. Every family should take the simple step of checking tire pressure regularly. You can find the tire’s correct pressure rating on the side of the driver’s door or in the car’s user manual. Most gas stations that have air pumps also have an air gauge to check the pressure. However, you can spend $10 and purchase an air gauge for your self.

Hands Free Communication Devices

It’s a fact that driving your vehicle while talking on the phone with your handset up to your ear can be extremely distracting. The more distractions to the driver, the less the driver is able to focus on the road and drive defensively. One way to limit (but not eliminate) the distraction of talking on the phone while driving is with a hands free device.

Hands free devices can be quite simple to use. Many are just headphones or a head set that plugs into your phone’s earphone jack. This enables the driver to carry on a conversation with both hands on the wheel. For phones that have Bluetooth technology, a form of short range wireless technology, you can set up a speaker and microphone in your vehicle to listen to and talk to those that call you in your vehicle. Many car manufacturers today are installing these systems in new cars, or you can spend a couple of hundred bucks for after market products.

Rear Parking Sensors/Rearview Cameras

Many new car manufacturers are implementing digital camera technology into their vehicles. Using DVD/Navigational screens already installed, small digital cameras (similar to webcams) are strategically placed in the rear or side of the vehicle to give the driver a clear view of what is behind him or her. Great for larger vehicles such as SUV’s and minivans, these rear parking sensors/rearview cameras are perfect for those that find they have many blind spots. This can help reduce the incident of running over objects such as kid’s toys or hitting pedestrians behind you when backing out of a driveway or parking lot.

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  1. […] Car safety is relatively straightforward. For the most part it’s common sense. You should have a safe place to store your car, it should be locked, and there should be theft deterrent systems in place. Car security can get deluxe with extra deterrent and notification systems, and these can never hurt – especially if you live in an area with a high rate of theft or damage.  […]

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