Understanding Vehicle Safety Equipment

Understanding the safety equipment of a car may help you to overcome your fear of driving.  Modern vehicles are chock full of safety features that you may not know about, as well as some that you probably are aware of. Take a look at the safety features below and see if they ease your mind about driving.

Seat Belts

This safety harness will represent your safety inside a vehicle, as that is its main purpose. They do not only prevent vehicle occupants from having fatal injuries but to reduce the gravity of injuries in general in case of collision.

Brake System

Good systems of brake are essential to ensure the safety of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, so make sure that the brake system is working properly, in other words, that the brake of the foot can stop your vehicle because it is strong enough.

Safety BrakesThe parking brake has to be very strong as well, that is, stopping your vehicle in no more than 55 feet when driving at a speed of 20 mph. Another aspect to consider when it comes to the parking brake is that it should keep your vehicle still on a hill.

Lighting System

A vehicle lighting system provides the necessary illumination to drive whenever it is dark, to give information about its further direction and intention, its current position and speed and even its size. It also makes it more visible for both drivers and pedestrians.

The light system of your vehicle has lightning devices and signaling devices, that are placed at the front, rear and sides of your vehicles; sometimes, depending on the vehicle and its use there will be lights and/or signals integrated on top of it.

The required lights on a vehicle are:

  • Brake lights.  These red steady-burning lights are always much brighter than the rear position lamps, as they turn on as soon as the brakes are applied. Its intensity will depend on the country, as there is a minimum and a maximum intensity.
  • Tail lamps. These lamps produce red light, and it provides the vehicle with conspicuity at night. They are located in the rear of the vehicle. They have to be lit whenever the front lamps are. Sometimes these lights are combined with the stoplights. Cars are required to have at least two, while motorcycles are required to have one.
  • Turn Signals. This set of lights indicate other drivers and pedestrians what the turning intention of the driver is, if he/she intends to turn left, right, not turn at all, or if he/she intends to change its position. They are informally called “blinkers”, “flashers”, etc. This set of lights is required for all motor vehicles.
  • Mirrors. They are required for cars, one integrated to each front door of the car and a rearview mirror between both front seats. They allow a driver to see 200 feet behind his/her car or further.

Vehicle Conditions

The hirer must check the condition of the car, from inside and outside, and keep a record of whatever damage or imperfection that was not already noticed. This procedure is essential no matter if the car is delivered directly to you or if a third person will get it instead, everybody needs to make sure this check-up procedure is conducted seriously and carefully.

Safety TiresAn aspect that has to be double-checked is the condition of the windscreen, check for any cracks or whatever may be wrong with it. Another important aspect to take into account is the condition of remote devices and locks. Double-check these too.

Your vehicle may have its safety features upgraded by purchasing some interesting accessories such as:

  • Easy-to-reach belts, by acquiring seat belt adapters.
  • Extra loud turn signal clicker
  • Full view inside the mirror.
  • Seat cushions to improve visibility.

Vehicles and Equipment in Depth

  •  Safety Seat Belts. Safety belts are the most effective safety system in saving lives in car accidents.
  •  Child Car Seats. There are special seats for children, take account of our recommendations.
  •  Air Bags. Airbags are designed to start working when a vehicle suddenly stops.
  •  Head Restraints. Head restraint helps to reduce neck injuries in case of a car accident.
  •  Brakes. As a driver, you must make sure the breaks of your car are in optimal condition.
  •  Tires. Tires are extremely important; make sure your tires are checked habitually
  •  Emergency Kit. It is vital; drivers must be ready for all possible emergency situations.