When purchasing a new vehicle, prospective buyers look at various features the passenger car has. Speed, the availability of spare parts, and the price are just some of the factors but there is one issue that should really be looked at first. Yes, you have guessed correctly, it’s the safety standard of a particular model that is the most important feature to inspect. There are several grading scales that determine how safe a brand is but it is better if you trusted your own eyes and experience. Every car needs to possess a certain number of protection features that render it safe enough to get on the road. In order to choose the safest car in the market, be sure to check if all the safety features are present in the model you have set your sights on.

Airbags

The airbag is a relatively new feature that was introduced into the car manufacturing industry. Drivers have gotten used to it by now, but there are still accidents involving the improper use of airbags or even cases when airbags contributed to injuries. The most important airbag is the one located in the dashboard in front of the driver which opens in a matter of milliseconds and helps protect the driver during a head-on collision. This airbag is pretty standard, so that is why you should check if there are additional airbags, like the side one opening from the driver’s door, and the one in the headrest. The latter is important because the main airbag can violently throw people back to the driver’s seat and straight onto the hard headrest. In order to protect the children, never have them seated in the front of the car, as airbags can injure them severely. There are special child car seats, so be sure to get these for the backseat.

Crumple zones

If you are a fan of streamlined cars, then you need to know that bodywork has a purpose more important than simply looking pretty. During a crash, it is usually the front or the back of the car that absorb the kinetic energy of the impact. These areas are called crumple zones and they are specifically designed to budge just enough to take on the energy of the impact at the same time protecting the passenger section. In general, cars that are manufactured from sturdier materials and whose design takes into account crumple zones are safer to drive. The limousine is better than a hatchback in this case, as the latter has a weak rear crumple zone.

Seatbelts

There is a reason why there are so many commercials by road safety governing bodies telling us only one thing: fasten your seatbelt! Cars travel at great speeds and a crash means that they stop in an instant but due to inertia your body doesn’t. This means that you will go straight through the windshield in case of a head-on collision, leaving you with slim chances of survival. The seatbelt is one of the oldest and most reliable safety features in any car. Ideally, you are never going to need the services of a seatbelt, so be sure to check that it fits your torso snuggly. Even if the test drive is to be conducted on a parking lot closed for traffic, always fasten the seatbelt to see how it fits. Don’t forget to check if there are seatbelts for all passengers.

 

How to go about in case of an accident?

By failing to prepare, you prepare to fail. This adage is true for the car industry as well, so no matter how safe is the car you decide on, you are likely to be involved in an accident at some point in time. Owning a safe car will guarantee that you and your passengers won’t get injured but the damage to the car is unavoidable. Depending on the scale of damage, whether it is a broken taillight or complete destruction, you should get in touch with car accident lawyers that will bring your case to court. They have experience in car accidents and can help you with numerous things, like getting the correct medical assessment.

The safety checks listed here are easy to carry out. Additionally, you can always ask the car dealer if there are other safety features installed on that particular model, like parking sensors or a passenger safety cage that enhances the effect of the aforementioned crumple zones.