When shopping for a luxury car, it is important to consider what you value most because luxury means different things to different people. To one person luxurious interior is what defines a luxury car, while to another it could be the sleek exteriors, vehicle performance or a mix of all these features.
Regardless of your priorities, safety should be on the top of your list when looking to buy a luxury car. This post highlights essential safety features that a luxury car must have and which you should look out for before writing a check.
You Could Still Get Into an Accident
Most luxury cars come with some of the most advanced safety features. However, you could still get in an accident because safety does not always depend on you; other road users are also a factor.
If you get in an accident that was not your fault, you are within your rights to sue the negligent driver for damages that include damage to property and injuries. Navigating a car accident claim is stressful, especially when you have injuries that you may need to focus on first.
Your best chance at recovering fair compensation from your injuries is to hire a dedicated car accident lawyer with a history of securing fair compensation for their clients.
Must-Have Safety Features for Luxury Cars
1. Electronic Stability System
The electronic stability system is a feature that senses when a vehicle is getting out of control and responds by applying brakes to specific wheels to enable the vehicle to regain its traction.
Often this feature works in collaboration with other safety features such as traction control and antilock braking features.
This feature can be pretty pricy and is primarily present in high-end sports cars. If your definition of luxury is a sleek sports car, you may want to consider looking out for this feature.
2. Anti-Lock Braking
Antilock braking (ABS) is a feature usually included in luxury cars but is slowly picking up a standard in most new vehicles. This feature automatically engages and disengages the brakes when it senses that a wheel is about to lock up in the event of sudden braking.
Engaging and disengaging the brakes allow the driver to easily maneuver a vehicle even after panic braking to prevent the vehicle from getting out of control and resulting in an accident.
3. Collision Warning System
A collision warning system alerts the driver when there is an impending collision and provides a sound or visual warning. If the driver fails to take action such as braking, the system activates the automatic braking feature, which applies the brakes automatically to bring the vehicle to a stop and prevent an accident.
This technology is present in almost all vehicles leaving the production line today and is a must-have for any high-end vehicle.
4. Blind-Spot Monitoring
Blind-spot monitoring uses sensors to monitor the area around the car where the driver cannot see through their rear view mirror. If a vehicle is in a blind spot, the BSM system will warn the driver by lighting up a warning light on the mirror.
The warning keeps the driver from making a turn when another driver, motorcycle rider, or cyclist is in their blind spot. If the driver misses the warning and tries to change lanes, the system will counter the driver’s input to keep the car in its lane to avoid a collision.
5. Semi-autonomous Driving
Semi-autonomous driving features are only present in high-end luxury vehicles such as the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Other companies such as Ford, Tesla, and Nissan have made massive investments in autonomous driving technology but have yet to release vehicles with these features on the market.
Semi-autonomous features incorporate all driver-assist technologies, complementing sophisticated AI that utilizes GPS, radar, and cameras to control the vehicle with little human intervention.
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