Tips For Buying A Safe Car
There are many factors you consider when buying a car: model, age, mileage, price, etc. But how many of you really focus on the safety of the vehicle?
These few tips will help you save your frustration and some money when it comes to purchasing a vehicle that's reliable.
Never Skip A Test Drive!
Test driving a car can give you a better feel for it especially if the car already has a history of owners. It determines whether the car of your choice is really worth your money.
Pay attention to the car while test driving. Does it rattle like a rollercoaster when you drive? Do you hear squeaks and creeks? You might have to some repairing to do if so. Is the car pulling to one side or the other? This could be a sign of damage from the previous owner(s). Drive with a sense of caution and note any things that feel out of place or things about the car you are worried about.
Check your Car Title
Don’t the vehicle history report trick you If you’re looking to purchase a used vehicle this is should almost if not a top priority.
Whether the car is drivable or not, you might want to still check the car title for any history of wear and tear or maybe even a recent wreck. Don’t the vehicle history report trick you If you’re looking to purchase a used vehicle this is should almost if not a top priority. This gives information about services history and other important you will need to have knowledge of.
Trust your instincts
Dif you go over everything on this checklist? Now it’s time to do a “gut check.” If you feel something isn’t right with the car, it’s okay to walk away. Making safe decisions when you’re purchasing a car is an important way to ensure you get a vehicle that keeps you secure for years to come.
Technology plays a big role while you are behind the wheel. Safety features that we have today make cars safer than ever. Remember, we are not many years away from living in a world where you just tell your car where to go!
First things first, responsibility is yours when it comes to safety on the road: don’t speed, be alert, avoid distractions, etc. Even though safety features aren’t a substitute for any of these things, they can be an excellent addition to good driving habits.
When shopping for a car, check if the following features are available:
Electronic stability control: this is a standard on models 2012 and later, but if you are buying a used car, check if it has it. It helps you keep control in slippery conditions and on curves - according to the NHTSA, it reduces the risk of a fatal single-vehicle crash by about 50% and the risk of a fatal rollover by 80%.
Forward collision warning: These sensors in front of the vehicle will warn you of an impending collision giving you a chance to brake or steer clear.
Automatic emergency braking: Working with forward collision warning sensors, this will automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision.
Lane-departure warning: This uses cameras to keep track of your car's position on the roadway; if you begin to drift from your lane unintentionally, an alarm notifies you.
Backup camera: These cameras automatically activate when the car shifts into reverse, giving you a view behind the car.
Electronic stability control: This is a standard on models 2012 and later, but if you are buying a used car, check if it has it. It helps you keep control in slippery conditions and on curves - according to the NHTSA, it reduces the risk of a fatal single-vehicle crash by about 50% and the risk of a fatal rollover by 80%.
Automatic crash notification: Notifies emergency responders in the event of a crash.
Lane-keeping support: Steers your vehicle back into the lane if you begin to drift.
Pedestrian automatic emergency braking: Alerts you if a pedestrian is in your path and automatically applies the brakes.
Blind-spot detection: Illuminates when another vehicle is in your blind spot on either side of the car.
Adaptive headlights: These headlights actually shift as you take curves and turns to help you see better.
Lastly, make sure you have the proper car insurance coverage! Give us a call today.