The Importance of Car Safety
Car safety has most assuredly improved through the years since the debut of the automobile. The founders of the industry would be truly astounded at all the features now available on our main form of transportation. The birth of the combustion engine has changed our lives and in most dramatic way. It has allowed us to journey to places that would otherwise have taken weeks or months to reach. Many changes have taken place over the years, and improving car safety has always been one of the main focuses of the industry.
As vehicles improved with technological advancements, faster speeds were attained and annoying little bumps as well as more serious accidents were a byproduct of our use. Automobile manufacturers became more concerned with improving car safety and preventing injuries and deaths. It cannot be overstated how much car safety has improved over the years. But with that said, accidents can and do continue to occur.
The car safety devices were there, such as seat belts, but were not always utilized by its operators. It wasn't until Congress in many states addressed this very serious issue of car safety on a state and national level, to a serious campaign to use the seat belts was launched. Drivers in these states are required to buckle up or they will be fined by law enforcement. I believe the slogan is "click it or ticket". Some car manufacturers in an effort to improve car safety designed seat belts that would secure themselves around the driver automatically after ignition.
It is all of our responsibilities as motorists and passengers to strive for car safety. Not every accident can be prevented completely, but we as consumers can make good choices by selecting a safe vehicle for ourselves and our families, and use the restraint system. An outstanding breakthrough of the past decade or two has been the invention of driver and passenger airbags, including side airbags that deploy from the doors. Child safety seats are another quantum leap in car safety as stronger alloys that the cars are constructed with.
Consumers can get more information on vehicle safety ratings by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov. A plethora of test data such asc Crash test and rollover test ratings are available for perusal on most passenger cars, pick up trucks, SUVs, and vans from 1990 to the present. Car safety ratings should always be studied and compared for the various vehicles that you are interested in. This is a very good site to visit and can assist consumers in making an informed decision based on car safety ratings.
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