Upgrades That Will Enhance Your Car’s Safety
Guest Post By: Mike Johnston
When talking about cars, people like to discuss a lot of things like speed, horsepower and comfort. Don’t get us wrong, all these things are important, but the primary purpose of a vehicle is to get you from point A to point B without compromising your safety.
And safety is, unfortunately, one of the topics that often end up lost in the shuffle. That is very unfortunate considering that car accidents take around 40,000 lives every year in the United States alone.
However, we have to point out that although these numbers are grim, they are not the end of the story. The road safety of you and your family can be drastically improved if you shift your focus where it was supposed to be from the get-go and improve the safety of your vehicle.
1. Replace the Tyres
We cannot stress enough just how important the tyres are for the performance, and thus the safety of your vehicle – after all, they are the part that keeps your car safely connected to the road and allows you to make sharp turns and brakes. So, try to identify the type of roads you are using the most and get tyres with an appropriate tread pattern. Also, getting a set with a built-in steel belt under the treads will make the whole package much more resistant to punctures. Finally, you should do your best to make sure your spare tyre is properly stored and maintained.
2. Collision Avoidance Systems
Modern vehicles usually have pretty good visibility, which is great. But even if you are the best driver in the world and have all the visibility on disposal, there is no way you will be able to notice everything going on around you. That is why you should strongly consider upgrading your car with a collision-avoidance system that will give you warnings when you’re in danger of a forward collision, run into an imminent obstruction or accidentally depart your lane. Parking sensors as well as a rear camera that will effectively eliminate all blind spots seem like sensible upgrades as well.
3. Take Care of the Suspension
Much like tyres, the suspension has a tremendous impact on the performance of your vehicle. What this incredibly important system does is it controls the springs and suspension movement, keeps tyre wear under control, provides consistent handling (and braking), and controls vehicle bounce. To sum it all up, the suspension makes critical traffic situations much safer and less stressful. So, do your best to find a reliable vendor selling quality car parts and upgrade your vehicle with the best suspension system money can buy.
4. Install a Third Brake Light
You need to keep in mind that your traffic safety depends on your driving skills but only to an extent. How other drivers interact with your vehicle plays a huge role in this story as well. So, do your best to let the other drivers know what you are up to even in the most difficult conditions you may encounter once you hit the road. Installing a third, pulsing brake light does seem like a good place to start. You would be surprised just how many accidents are caused by rear bumps.
5. Clear up the Gadgets
We are all using gadgets in our vehicles. Even the most conservative drivers out there got so used to GPS navigation that they can’t even begin to imagine going on some long-distance journey without turning on their phone. So, there is no way we can truly remove gadgets from our vehicles. But there are a couple of ways we can make them safer:
- Install a phone mount in a position that will allow you good road visibility at any given moment
- Get yourself a unit that uses voice controls
- Use two-port USB adapters (no need to replug while you are driving)
- Use retractable USB cables
- Get yourself a Bluetooth hands-free unit
6. Downsize the Car
People put too much trust in the bull and nudge bars to keep them safe in times of crisis. The truth, however, is that they provide very little protection while making your vehicle larger and bulkier. So, get them removed. These few inches may not look much but they can save pedestrian lives during sudden brakes. For the very same reason, you should remove all the racks you may have installed at the rear end of your vehicle. If you need to transport your bike or some other type of baggage, it’s much better to move the racks to the roof.
We hope these six measures gave you some general idea of how you can make your vehicle safer. Do your best to check off as many of them as possible. No matter how experienced we are and how much care manufacturers have put into making our vehicle fail-proof, traffic is still, to a large extent, a game of chance. It is our job to shift the odds in our favour by any means necessary.
About the author: Mike Johnston is an avid freelance writer and blogger. He’s a regular contributor to numerous blogs and online magazines, where he writes about entrepreneurship, small business, technology and the environment. Mike’s goal is to create interesting and compelling content and then share it throughout the online community.