The Must Have Car Safety Features in Modern Cars

Seatbelts

Evolving from a two-point design in the early 1900s, modern three-point seatbelts effectively disperse collision energy, with pretensioning belts and advancements in airbags enhancing passenger safety.

Airbags

Introduced in the 1970s, airbags saw initial challenges but became more effective when used alongside three-point seat belts. Mandatory in vehicles since 1998, modern airbags provide comprehensive protection.

Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS)

From rear-wheel braking in the early 1900s to four-wheel ABS in the 1970s, this system prevents wheel lock, improving steering control on slippery surfaces.

Electronic Stability Control/Program (ESC/ESP)

First used in 1983, ESC/ESP electronically prevents skidding, enhances steering control, and became standard in the 1990s.

Crumple Zones

Mandatory in new vehicles, crumple zones absorb crash energy, protecting passengers by directing impact away from the vehicle's interior.

Shatter-Resistant Glass

Evolving from breakable windshields to laminated safety glass since 1930, modern windscreens reduce injury risk by breaking into safer chunks upon impact.

Reverse Camera

Initially used in 1956, reverse cameras are now standard in many vehicles, aiding collision avoidance in parking lots and driveways.

Indicators, Mirrors & Blind Spot Monitoring

The 1914 introduction of turn indicators has progressed, and modern vehicles incorporate advanced features like blind spot monitoring for enhanced safety and communication on the road.