Concerned about the safety an SUV provides?
Safety is a key factor which needs to be addressed and used to influence your decision when you need to purchase the car. It’s always advisable to go for vehicle which have great stability and have other safety features which we will look for in a minute though they are majorly featured in SUVs and other luxury cars.
Luckily, for SUVS, the vehicles are much sturdier and heavier and have a higher ride hence in case of a crash they provide an advantage to minimize injuries. Moreover, the chances of rollover are greatly reduced due to their heaviness and improved stability.
For instance they use electronic stability systems, which are vital for reducing the chances of rollover. Some SUV models, for example, those from Ford or Landrover can easily detect a rollover in progress and intervene to stop it from rolling.
Safety Features for SUVs
There are some safety features which are common to almost all vehicle and include anti-lock brakes, seat belts, airbags and head restraints on all seats and most importantly an occupant classification system in the front passenger seat, which helps determine the occupant’s weight (and possibly size) and thus in case of a crash one or more airbags are fired with intensity which won’t harm front-seat occupants.
For SUVs, there are three vital safety features that you need to look for while making a decision to purchase one. They include;
Electronic stability system:
Electronic stability systems has the ability to limit acceleration and also to apply any of the antilock brakes all which are intended to keep you in course in case you suddenly lose control. This system doesn’t prevent a rollover when you lose control, but works perfectly in preventing conditions that can lead to a rollover.
When buying a SUVs and you are looking for this feature, don’t get yourself confused with a simple traction control, which only prevents wheel-spin upon acceleration.
Side curtain airbags:
This unique type of airbag shoots downward from the car roof to cover part or even all side windows upon side impact. Also in case of a rollover, side airbags play a major role in protecting the occupants and also aid in keeping them inside the vehicle. The airbags are special and will stay inflated long enough for several rolls. Of course you know that occupant ejection is the major cause of deaths in rollover accidents.
Make sure that you look for airbags which are designed to deploy in a rollover. And it’s advisable to go for systems that cover all rows of seats.
This is one feature which ensures the safety of SUVs. A rollover prevention or avoidance system senses an impending rollover which might occur and hastily triggers the electronic stability system to prevent it from happening.