One of the most important things to any car buyer, whether you’re looking at a new or used vehicle, is the kind of safety features that come with the vehicle. This is especially enhanced in the used car buying process, as people not only want the car to fit their budget, but they still want to keep themselves and their passengers safe. There are a few safety features in particular that most definitely need to be on your list when looking at used vehicles. We’ll be going over a few of these features to help further explain why some features, or a lack thereof, can be deal breakers in the car buying process. Keep reading down below to learn about a few safety features that you need in a used car!
One of the first things you need to look at is what kind of airbags, and how many airbags come with the used vehicle you’re looking at. Perhaps the most important are airbags like head-protecting side airbags and “smart” frontal airbags. The side airbags include ones that deploy from the seat or door trim, or potentially curtain airbags that cover the side windows. The side curtain airbags are especially helpful at protecting heads from potential debris of glass. They’re also helpful in preventing potentially ejections. Other airbags to look out for, “smart” frontal airbags, include advanced multistage systems. These systems know when there is someone in the front passenger seat, and it can further adjust the deployment of airbags to help protect smaller occupants.
One very underrated safety feature is something like electronic stability control. This system works hard to keep the vehicle from skidding out of control and staying on its intending path. For those who live in colder climates that get a lot of snow or ice, or even just for rainy days, the added security of electronic stability control can be life-changing. This system is also helpful if you’re looking at a larger used vehicle, as it can help prevent potential rollovers.
If you are looking at a vehicle with the intention of having your family in it often, seatbelts are perhaps one of the first things you should be looking at. There are systems, beyond just the seatbelts themselves, that help to further improve what they can do to help in case of an accident. Many have adjustable upper anchors, which help to position the seatbelt over the chest, which can prevent neck injuries. There are also safety-belt pretensioners, which take up slack whenever there’s a frontal impact. Another system is fore limiters, which help to manage the force that the shoulder belt has on the chest area.
Advanced safety features:
After you’ve made sure to get the very best in airbags, seatbelt safety, and stability control, consider looking at more advanced features. Something like blind-spot monitoring can be extremely effective, especially for larger vehicles that you can’t see as well out of. This system works well with lane departure warning, which helps on the highway whenever you want to change lanes, or whenever your vehicle thinks you’re drifting out of your lane. Rear cross-traffic alert is another impressive feature, which helps whenever you’re backing up, especially in case of a cyclist or pedestrian. A rearview camera is found throughout many vehicles this day, but can be helpful with parking or a quick warning that there’s something behind your car. Speaking of parking, if you do have issues with something like parallel parking, there are automatic parking systems! Finally, some cars are available with driver fatigue systems that can sense when you’re getting drowsy, and alert you that you are nodding off.
No matter what features you put on your ‘Must Have’ list, it’s always important to go into the car buying process with things that you will not compromise on. Safety should be a top priority for everyone, especially if you are looking for a family-friendly vehicle. Check out our full selection of used cars, and start the car search today!