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Safety and Security Features in New Cars

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 7 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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When buying a new car, you might assume that you will have to compromise on safety and security features if you are on a motoring budget. While this is not always the case, you will usually have to pay a little more than you would for a car without these features, but safety and security features do offer great piece of mind. This article offers advice on the types of safety and security features that are available when buying a new car on a motoring budget.

Safety Features

There are several safety features that are intended to make driving safer. Most modern cars are fitted with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which is designed to discourage your car's wheels from locking up to limit the chances of skidding off the road.

There is also Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Electronic Brake Assist (EBA), which are similar systems for many new cars. EBD works in combination with ABS, while EBA is comes to life during emergency braking driving procedures. This is one example of a safety feature that is built-in. As you will not have to pay extra for this, choosing a used, nearly new or as-new car with built-in ABS is perfect for those on a motoring budget, although it is worth bearing in mind that these cars will cost more than those without ABS.

Airbags are another safety feature that are built-in to most modern cars. Most modern cars have airbags to protect the driver and front seat passenger, but some also have airbags to protect the passengers in the rear seats too. If you are going to be seating your child in the front seat in a child seat, be aware that this can be highly dangerous if the airbags protecting the front seat suddenly inflate. It is also illegal to seat your child in a rear-facing child seat as a front seat passenger due to the possibility of the child being suffocated against the seat, so you may want to look for a car that allows you to deactivate the front passenger seat airbags when you don't want to use them.

Security Features

There are several features that can increase your car's security. Enhanced Protection Glass (EPG) is designed to stop a thief being able to smash your car windows to break in. The ability to lock your car's wheels stops a thief being able to make off with them. This is fast becoming a popular type of car crime for cars that have desirable alloys.

You can still get safety and security features for your new car, even if you are on a motoring budget. When looking for a new car, choose one with features such as Enhanced Protection Glass, car wheel locking and an engine immobiliser to get the best security for your new car. Most new cars have features such as these as standard, but you usually have to pay a little extra to get them. However, this is more than worth it for the added piece that you get from knowing that your car is as safe and secure as you can make it for your motoring budget.

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