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Do you understand your car’s safety features?

It doesn't matter what type of car you own, it's important to become familiar with each and every safety feature.

While there is no guarantee that a safety feature will help you avoid an accident or prevent injury, these can go a long way in keeping you safe while you are behind the wheel.

Here are some of the top safety features of today's vehicles:

  • Seat belts. It goes without saying that this is the most important safety feature in your vehicle. But remember this: It only works if you are using it
  • Airbags. In the event of an accident, airbags can deploy as a means of providing protection in the cabin. Airbags have been standard on vehicles manufactured since 1998.
  • Antilock brakes. This safety feature is meant to prevent your wheels from locking up in the event of a fast stop.
  • Traction control. This is useful in many circumstances, especially when you are starting your vehicle in icy and wet conditions.

When shopping for a new car, it's important to focus on the available safety features. The more of these the vehicle has the safer you will feel as you make your way down the road.

While it's nice to know that your car is equipped with advanced safety features, don't let these give you a false sense of security. If you are involved in an accident, you could still suffer a serious injury.

An accident of any kind should result in immediate medical treatment. Once you're stabilized, you can then turn your attention to the cause of the accident and your legal rights.

Source: Consumer Reports, "Guide to Car Safety Features," accessed July 14, 2017

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