When renting a car, customers are usually more concerned over price, fuel efficiency, legroom, and so on. The thing is, it’s more important to spend time making sure it’s safe. Whether you’re booking an economy car rental or a high-end executive car, you shouldn’t take safety features for granted. Although now, standard on most newer models, the following features are well worth seeking out before signing the rental agreement.
Enhanced seat belt design
New seat belt designs are an additional feature to improve safety. Pretensioners instantly retract the belts to remove excess slack almost instantly during a frontal impact. Force limiters are made to manage the force that the shoulder belt builds upon the passenger’s chest. Some manufacturers offer inflatable safety belts in the rear seat to protect more fragile passengers like children or the elderly.
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Drivers should look for this safety feature when signing up for a short- or long-term car rental. A fitted vehicle with an AEB system will sense a potential collision and initiate automatic braking if the driver doesn’t react in time. It uses sensors that continually assess the distance between your car and the car in front of you.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Also known as dynamic stability control, ESC is a system that keeps a car on the path that the driver wants to go during extreme steering maneuvers. It automatically activates when it detects oversteering or understeering, usually when a driver is under panic. The ESC automatically applies the brake to a single wheel to help bring the car back to its intended direction.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
This system is an intelligent form of cruise control that uses lasers, radar, cameras, or a combination to assist a driver in keeping pace with the cars ahead. It helps you maintain a safe following distance so you can pay more attention and steer. This safety feature is found even in cheap car rentals. It is ideal for city driving, where you often encounter stop-and-go traffic and rush hour commuting.
Blind Spot Warning (BSW)
This system uses radar, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors to detect vehicles in your blind spots. Drivers usually get a visual, audible (sound), or tactile (vibrating steering wheel) warning to alert them that it’s unsafe to merge or change lanes. Some BSW systems are built with an automatic emergency steering (AES) system designed to steer or brake during a turn instantly, and there is a vehicle occupying the blind spot.
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