Don't get fooled by the good looks of your car. The features inside also matter whether they make your everday drive easier or end up saving your life in an accident
Have you ever wondered what features your car should be having? Well, you've come to the right place for the answers.
While customers are blessed with the option of choosing the convenience and safety features of their choice, it has also become harder to pick the truly essential ones from the seemingly unlimited choices at their disposal. One must remember that not every feature available in the market for your car is going to be helpful. There are some that are helpful for the drive and make driving more convenient. There are others that improve your safety in case you meet with an accident.
So, in an effort to make your choices easier, we have gathered the must-have car features (in no particular order) to help you come to grips with what features are available, what they do, and why you should have them in your next vehicle even though they may add to the cost. End of the day it's your call. Save money and buy a bare minimum car or own a safe and comfortable vehicle.
1. Reverse sensing system
Many may sneer and say if you can’t reverse your car safely, you better not drive at all. But in big cities, with chaotic parking lots and unreliable attendants, it is better to repose faith in a reversing system. A proximity sensor in the rear portion of the vehicle senses when the vehicle gets too close to an object and warns the driver. The system is automatically activated when you engage reverse gear. Small sensors send and receive ultrasonic radio waves, which bounce off obstacles and alert you to their presence. A buzzer gradually increases in frequency as the vehicle approaches closer to the object. Some cars also have a visual aid as an added help to ease parking woes.
Airbags are now available in affordable cars. Crash sensors wired to an on-board computer trigger an airbag during a collision. The front airbag inflates automatically to prevent occupants from hitting the dashboard, steering wheel or windshield. Side airbags reduce the risk of occupants injuring themselves against the door. Although airbags are optional, we recommend it.
The back window gets just as fogged as the front windshield; however, many cars do not include a rear window defogger as a part of the factory-installed accessories. The defogger clears the mist off your window and hence maintains good visibility. Without this visibility in the rear window, you will be facing a potential safety problem.
4. Antilock braking system (ABS)
ABS too has been introduced in the hatchback segment in recent years. One has to pay a premium but then it’s worth the amount as it prevents a car's wheels from locking up during "panic" braking. Basically ABS allows the driver to steer the car and swerve away from harm's way even under hard braking. This is a key advantage of a car with ABS as opposed to one without the system. However please also bear in mind that merely the presence of ABS is no guarantee of safety. So, drive carefully.