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Tips 5-9: Must Have Features in Your Car

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5. Head restraints

Head restraints

Head restraints are extensions of vehicle seats. They're those things that most people think of as headrests, but that's not really their primary function; they are actually designed to restrict head movement during a rear-impact collision. In doing so, they reduce the chance of neck and shoulder injuries. Having a locking head restraint is important. If the head restraint is not locked in position during an accident then this can compromise the amount of protection the restraint offers. The restraint must be at least as high as your eyes and as close to the back of your head as is comfortable. Set it no lower than your ears. If your head restraint is too low, you could get serious whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision, even at slower speeds. Have your passengers do the same. Always check your head restraint when getting into a car, particularly if you share a car. The head restraints may have been adjusted for someone of a different size and may not suit you.

 

6. Traction control

Traction control

Traction control utilises the anti-lock braking system to detect and control wheelspin. Sensors monitor the speed of each wheel. If the system recognises that a wheel is turning faster than its counterpart on the opposite side of the vehicle, it pulses the brake on the faster-spinning wheel in an attempt to transfer power to the wheel with better traction. Traction control can be a big help when you're driving on wet tarmac or other slick surfaces, and if a wheel spins when taking off from a stop. Some drivers may find the intervention of traction control annoying, especially if they drive a performance vehicle. So most systems have a button or switch that allows the driver to temporarily deactivate traction control. When the system is disabled, a warning light will illuminate on the instrument panel to remind the driver that traction control has been switched off and is not available. The system will remain disabled until the driver pushes the TCS button again, or until the start of the next ignition cycle. Disabling this does not disable or affect the operation of the ABS system. Many people mistakenly believe that traction control will prevent their vehicle from getting stuck in surfaces like snow or mud. This is not true. It does not have the ability to increase traction; it just attempts to prevent wheels from spinning.

 

7. Adjustable comforts

Adjustable comforts

Who wouldn’t want to custom the driving comfort? Most cars have the seating and steering position designed considering an average driver in mind. This setting puts shorter and/or taller than normal drivers at a disadvantage; the issue can be compensated by virtue of steering adjustments. An steering wheel adjustable for reach can be extended towards or away from the driver. Most cars though get a rake adjustment whereby the steering can be lowered or raised. Meanwhile a seat height adjustment function allows short or tall drivers to lower or raise the seat in order to aid visibility or be comfortable in the car.

 

8. Multiple 12V power outlets

Multiple 12V power outlets

Nowadays most of the cars have at least 12V power outlet on centre console which is actually a boon as it provides a way to charge your mobile phone. We don’t recommend chatting on the phone while driving, but it's a comforting feeling to know you have the power to make a call in case of an emergency. For those who can’t live without their MP3 players and iPods, multiple power outlets become their saviour as they can run their players as well.

 

9. Fog lamps

Fog lamps

Adequate light is necessary for you to drive safely. Especially in foggy weather; due to inadequate light you may drive blind. As fog lights produce a low but wide beam of light it penetrates through fog and produce less glare. It helps in improving vision in ugly weather not only in fog but in rain and snow also. Different types of fog bulbs are available such as yellow, white or blue. Yellow fog lights are considered better because they only emit one part of the light spectrum and therefore scatter less. There are also halogen fog lights, and xenon HID.

 
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