Cars are packed with more new safety features than ever before. Still, there are a few essential features that are shared between almost every vehicle because of their importance in shielding you and your passengers from harm. Making sure your airbags, seatbelts and other systems are working properly will help them accomplish their job in the event of an accident. The Main Auto Body, Inc. blog is here to walk through everything in your car that needs to be operational.
Always Be Locked In
One of the most basic safety features in a car is the seatbelt. While the mechanics of a seatbelt may seem basic, there are actually some built-in protections that will help prevent injury in case of a collision. Pretensioners and force limiters work together to prevent you from flying forward during an impact. The pretensioners automatically retract the belt to keep you securely in place, while the force limiters allow for some slack to lessen the pressure on your chest from the belt as you lean forward.
The position of the seatbelt is an important factor to make sure the belt properly covers your torso. The adjustable upper anchors allow you to change the height of the belt as it falls across your body. If the belt is too high it can press against your neck, but if it’s too low, your upper body will be able to move too far forward. Make sure your seatbelt anchors are able to be moved and that the pretensioners take in slack automatically so you can have peace of mind while driving.
Cushion the Blow
Another common safety feature in cars is airbags. Front airbags are required in every car, and are programmed to deploy when the sensors detect a frontal collision. The industry standard has advanced this technology with adaptive airbags, which determine if there is a rider in the front passenger seat and their weight to see if the bag will deploy or not. This helps prevent injury to children, whose smaller stature puts them in the wrong position for an airbag to be effective.
Airbags are not only located in front of riders. Side airbags in the front are almost universal, and many cars also include side airbags for the rear row as well. Curtain bags deploy from above the windows to shield you from hitting against them and protect you from broken glass. While front airbags start deflating immediately after being triggered, these curtain bags deflate slowly to maintain a cushion if the car rolls over. It can be difficult to determine if your airbags are functional, but you don’t want to be caught in an accident without them, so make sure to get them checked.
Keep a Straight Path
Your vehicle’s alignment may not be the first thing that comes to mind in terms of safety, but it is critical to safe operation. While driving, you may notice that your car is pulling off to the left or right instead of going straight. This means that your car is out of alignment. When your tires are not angled evenly with the road, it can cause them to veer in another direction. This causes excessive tire wear that can lead to blowouts, skidding in snow or wet conditions and more frequent replacements to stay safe. It can also make steering more difficult, as you must account for the off-center path of your vehicle. Getting an alignment will help extend the life of your tires and make driving safer.
Always Be Prepared
Make sure the features in your car designed to keep you safe are ready and able to step in when there’s a collision. Your seatbelt, airbags and alignment, along with many other systems, should be monitored regularly. For car safety features repair, contact us at Main Auto Body, Inc. to learn more information, or visit one of our nine locations. Our experienced technicians will help you with the repairs you need to get you back on the road.