Guest post by Bryan MacMurray

If you’re in the market for a family car, you want to make sure you put safety first. Thanks to advanced technology, there are several safety features that are now available to make your family car even safer than before. When you’re choosing a new vehicle, you should look for a vehicle with the safety attributes that will benefit your family the most in the event of an accident. Here are four of the top safety aspects that make a car stand out when thinking of family safety:

  1. Adjustable Seat Belts

Seat belts are a mandatory safety feature of a vehicle, but not all seat belts are created equal. You should make sure that the car you choose has upper seat belts that are adjustable. These kinds of belts are easily adjustable so the size of the passenger can be properly accommodated. Make sure the seat belts come with a pretensioner, which will retract any excess slack in the event of a car accident.  Energy management systems are an advancement designed to keep the shoulder belt from exerting too much energy on the passenger’s chest region, which could lead to broken bones or severe bruising. Make sure the back seat has shoulder belts as well as lap belts for added safety.

  1. Multiple Airbags

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While all newer vehicles come equipped with airbags, there are different kinds of airbags. Side air bags and curtain air bags can decrease the risks of serious injury. Newer cars have the frontal airbags as well as additional airbags that protect from a side collision or a rollover. It is important to keep children 12 and younger out of the front seat where they could be hit by the strong pressure released during a crash when the frontal bags release. The other air bags found in the vehicle could also significantly reduce the risks of serious injury following a crash.

  1. Anti-Lock Braking

It’s imperative to make sure your car’s brakes are in good working order, and you can add to the safety by choosing a car that comes equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS). The ABS is designed to help prevent your brakes from locking if they must be applied in an emergency situation. By your brakes not locking, you can maintain control of your steering. However, you must remember that ABS was not designed to stop crashes from happening. It can be very helpful if you practice using them and know how to make them work for your benefit.

  1. Head Restraints

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While all cars are equipped with head restraints for the front seat, not all have them for the back seat as well. If you are involved in a rear impact collision, the head rests offer additional protection that can prevent your passengers from suffering serious neck injuries.

If you know what safety features to look for in a family car, you’re empowered to ensure that your loved ones can have the best available defenses against serious injury in the event of an accident. Better yet, some of these characteristics, like Anti-Lock braking, come standard on most cars. With a little foreknowledge, you’ll be better able to make the decisions about your automotive purchase, and, at the very least, provide more peace of mind when transporting your precious cargo.

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