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Car Safety Features & Technology

Modern vehicles are full of innovative safety features. Anti-lock brakes, traction control systems and electronic stability control all work together to keep your vehicle on the road, and a host of other features help make cars and trucks safer to drive than ever before.
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All About Car Safety Features
Automotive safety technology has evolved a lot over the years, and overall cars safety is at a higher point now than before. Which car safety features do you already have, and which ones should you look at for your next vehicle?

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Advanced driver assistance systems are technologies that help increase your situational awareness and automate tasks in your car.

Regenerative Braking
Regenerative brakes allow hybrid vehicles to reclaim some energy that is typically dissipated as heat by traditional brakes.

ABS Safe Driving Tips
Tips for driving safely with ABS.

What is Emergency Brake Assist?
Without emergency brake assist, over 90 percent of drivers fail to apply enough braking force during panic stops.

Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Electronic brake force distribution is used in conjunction with ABS to prevent tires from locking up.

What is Electronic Stability Control?
Electronic stability control can reduce the chances of a fatal rollover by up to 75 percent, does your car have it?

Car Safety 101: Anti-Lock Brakes
Anti-lock brakes are designed to help a driver retain control of a vehicle. Understanding how to use anti-lock brakes is vital, because these systems don't always decrease stopping distance.

Traction Control: ABS Evolved
An overview of traction control systems. Do you know how to use yours?

The History of Airbags
If your car was built in the last couple decades, it probably has at least one airbag. Here's a look at the history of this life-saving piece of car tech.

Cruise Control: What Is It?
Regular cruise control is simply a convenience, but adaptive cruise control is a safety feature that automatically maintains following distance. This marvel of car tech can actually adjust the speed of a vehicle in response to the proximity of another car.

Monitoring Your Tire Pressure
Tire pressure monitors have been around since the 1980s, but they're now required equipment on new cars in the US and EU. So what are they, and how do they work?

GM's OnStar Service: How Does It Work?
What is OnStar, and how does it work?

Install Your Own Tire Pressure Monitoring System

What are Adaptive Headlights?
Adaptive headlights have been around for decades in one capacity or another, but these technologies have become increasingly prevalent recently. Do adaptive headlights really make that much of a difference?

What Are Airbags?
Airbags can save lives, but they can also cause severe injuries and even deaths.

What is Drive-By-Wire Technology?
Drive-by-wire technologies replace mechanical controls, like throttles and steering linkages, with electronic systems.

Decoding Blind Spot Detection and Warning Systems
Blind spot detection systems are designed to provide drivers with information about vehicles, pedestrians, and other objects that are hidden in a blind spot.

Electronic Throttle Controls
Electronic throttle controls are the most ubiquitous form of drive-by-wire technology, but are these systems really safe?

Advanced Automatic Collision Notification
Advanced Automatic Collision Notification systems are designed to call for help if you aren't able to.

Seat Belts
Seat belts save lives, but these common safety restraints weren't required equipment until about fifty years ago.

Electric Power Steering
Electric power steering systems can be broken into three categories: hydro-electric, electric, and drive-by-wire.

What is Brake-by-Wire?
Brake-by-wire technology isn't exactly ready for prime time yet, but electro-hydraulic brakes have been around for a while, and electromechanical brakes may be on the horizon.

What is a Smart Airbag?
Airbags save lives, but they can also be incredibly dangerous in certain circumstances. The smart airbag is supposed to fix that.

Everyone knows about black boxes in planes and trains, but did you know there might be one in your car?

Who Can Access My Event Data Recorder
Although you technically own both the EDR in your car and the data it contains, the concept of ownership can become nebulous.

What Does an Event Data Recorder Track?
If your car was built in 2013 or later, then it's relatively easy to determine what your EDR is keeping track of. Otherwise, it can be more difficult.

Finding and Disabling a Black Box EDR
Finding your car's black box can be tough, and safely disabling it may prove impossible.

8 Reasons Your Car Might Actually Be from the Future
Whether you know it or not, your car just might actually be from the future.

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