As you head out in Bensalem to buy a new car at a dealership, you have plenty of options. There are several located on Street Road, for example. But do you know what to look for when buying a car?
Often, when searching for a new car, most think about whether to buy a four- or two-door car, what color to buy, or what make and model car you might enjoy. However, safety should be your first thought when you are purchasing a car. Be aware of these tips for buying a car.
What to Look for When Buying a Car: Check Safety Ratings
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, is responsible for testing any vehicle that is to be sold in the U.S. All vehicles – including trucks, coupes, sedans, minivans, and SUVs – are tested each year to make sure they are compliant with government safety regulations and receive a rating by the NHTSA.
The NHTSA uses a five-star rating system that checks the safety of a vehicle against a series of tests.
- frontal crash test with adult dummy.
- side barrier crash test with dummy.
- and, side pole crash test with dummy.
After each crash test, the damage to the vehicle and the injuries sustained by the crash test dummies are assessed. The vehicle’s rating from the NHTSA depends on how well the safety features reacted to the impending impact or the impact itself, and how severely injured the crash test dummies appeared. You can choose a safe car by viewing the safety rating provided for each car make and model.
What to Look for When Buying a Car: Safe Car Technologies
Knowing what to look for when buying a car also includes looking at technology in the vehicle. Many car companies have begun to employ safe technologies that may protect you from getting into an accident or from injury if you are involved in an accident.
According to the NHTSA, technologies that provide more safety are broken down into two categories: crash avoidance and crash protection. Many cars come equipped with both. The more crash avoidance or protection technologies your vehicle has, the safer you, your friends, and your family may be.
Some available crash avoidance technologies are the following.
- electronic stability control, which helps maintain control of the car, even on wet or icy roads.
- lane departure warning, which alerts you if you veer into another lane.
- and, forward collision warning, which detects vehicles in front of your car and alerts you to an impending collision.
Additionally, some vehicles have crash protection technologies, some examples are as follows.
- advanced head restraints, which better protect the head and neck during an accident.
- advanced frontal and side air bags, which protect occupant’s head, neck, and chest in crashes.
- and, safety belt load limiter and safety belt pretensioner, which absorbs impact and tightens belts to restrain passengers.
When you are shopping for a new car in Bensalem, look for the crash avoidance and crash protection technologies mentioned in the above lists, and check into the rating given to the make and model vehicle you are looking to purchase. Don’t buy an unsafe vehicle just because you like the color or the model. Be sure to put your safety first.