Tips To Make Your Car as Safe as Possible
09 Mar 2017
When it comes to car safety, there is always more than can be done. Cars are produced with safety in mind, but this can deteriorate over time. Aside from buying a new car,
Here are a few things you can do to increase the protection offered by your own vehicle.
Improve Your Brakes
When it comes to emergency stops and other surprise maneuvers, a fast braking speed is essential. The shorter your car can come to a stop, the higher your chance of avoiding collisions. For this, you can look at two key areas – the brake discs themselves and the car tyre.
Brake mechanisms in the front wheels – where most of the breaking occurs – include brake discs, pads and rotors. Often, you might find only one item needs replacing, but it’s a wise idea to replace all of the parts at once to ensure high quality brake pads are always in place. This is also true if you don’t use the car frequently, as this could actually allow corrosion to build up.
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Brake discs will wear out over time, as they are always in use. The rate at which they deteriorate depends on your how often you drive and your personal driving habits. Modern cars have additional systems, such as antilock braking, which can occasionally increase brake wear.. Nonetheless, if the car starts to make extra noise or feel less responsive when driving, it’s time to change something.
Fit The Right Tyres
Since the tyres are the only part of he car that makes contact with the road, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn the your choice of tyres can make a big difference. They can provide better grip, for instance, which only helps to offer a better braking distance.
Similarly, the right tyres can also help with difficult weather conditions, such as rain and wet roads. Aquaplaning, for example, lifts the car above the road when there is too much water, although the right choice of rain tyres will help push the water out. Winter tyres are also worthwhile in the winter, as the name implies, since these focus on better grip and performance on slippery surfaces.
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Because of this, before you decide to buy any particular tyre model, you should always look at various tests and tyre reviews. This will give you professional opinions and results from people who have already tried the product, so you can see if it meets your requirements.
It’s also worth checking that the tread is of a roadworthy standard. If it’s too worn out, even high quality brake pads will be drastically less effective. A simple test requires the use of a 20p coin. Push this into the tread and see if the outer band disappears into the rubber. If it doesn’t, your tyres are too thin and need replacing.
Check Your Seat belts
Of course, a sharp braking speed also has it’s own problems. A strong, secure seat-belt is always recommended – and is often a legal requirement in many countries – as this will protect drivers and passengers when braking quickly. Always remember that airbags are considered supplemental restraint systems – they only work alongside seat belts, not as replacements.
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Collision Avoidance Systems
Many new cars come with advanced collision avoidance systems already installed but, thankfully, this modern technology can be retrofitted onto older models. These enhancements use sensors or radar to determine if cars in front, behind or to the sides of you are too close. More than just shaping your own driving to be as safe as possible, this will warn you about potential collisions while you have opportunity to react to it.
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However, there are some limitations to retro-fitted models. This is because they require various sensors to be installed. More advanced systems can detect when you’re veering off the road, using cameras to detect road markings, but these are much harder to install on vehicles that were not designed with this in mind. What can’t be installed, however, is automatic braking, as this would require connecting these systems directly to the brakes.
All of these methods are useful in their own ways but, combined together, they ensure any vehicle can be as safe as possible.
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