Driving a car is a great privilege but it also comes with great responsibility. Each time we get behind the wheel we pledge to promote safety as much as possible. At least, that’s what we promised to do when we got our driver’s license. The goal of zero fatalities is one that we must all work towards every day, from the new drivers to the car repair technicians, to the car manufacturers and the lawmakers.
For our part, the mission of Master Muffler is to create the safest roads possible by attending to the needs of the vehicle with the highest degree of precision. After all, sometimes the only difference between a serious tragedy and a close call is the few seconds when a driver prays that their brakes are working correctly. In moments such as that, the time for preparation is gone.
Building Better Cars
While our Sandy car repair technicians take their jobs very seriously, making sure that our customers’ brakes will never fail them, the performance of the vehicle has as much to do with the people who make them as the people who maintain them. There is more technology available to car manufacturers than ever before — technology that can help them in every stage of construction and that is ultimately made available to the driver as a feature of the car.
Much of this technology is now standard fare among all models, making today the safest day to be a driver in the modern era. Some of the best safety features include:
- Adaptive Cruise Control: Engaging cruise control also turns on an in-car radar system that monitors the distance of the car in front of you. This helps your car maintain a safe distance from other motorists.
- Automatic Emergency Brakes: The other half of the adaptive cruise control, the automatic emergency braking system engages to slow down or completely stop your car based on the proximity of the car in front of you.
- Forward/Back Collision Warning: An indispensable safety feature for both driving and parking, an alarm will sound if the car gets too close to another object.
- Rear Camera: Working in tandem with the rear collision alarm, the backup camera turns on whenever the car is put in reverse. Newer iterations of the camera also show virtual lines to guide the driver in backing out perfectly every time.
A lot of these safety features, and more, come standard now in vehicles, which means fewer unplanned trips to our Sandy car repair center. The question remains for many drivers, however, about whether the newest models of self-guided, electric cars are actually any safer than the ones we’ve been driving for decades.
The Standard of Safety
While some car manufacturers can build a reputation for making safe vehicles, each year’s new models must prove themselves anew. This goes doubly for carmakers who are getting into the newest technological leap in automobiles: electric cars. Can cars without a standard engine really be worthy of our trust? For these cars, it’s not just technology that creates them but technology that ensures they remain safe for passengers and fellow drivers alike. Below are some statistics regarding the safety of the newest electric cars.
- The Tesla Models X, S, and 3 have earned the lowest overall probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested by the US government.
- The new electric SUV from Ford has earned a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This means it maintains some of the best scores of any car on a number of metrics.
- Similarly, Volvo’s first electric car received the “Top Safety Pick+” honor — their highest rating possible.
- Injury claims for accidents involving electric cars are 40% lower, thanks to how heavy and protective the cars tend to be.
No matter if you decide to drive a traditional fuel-powered vehicle or jump on the electric trend, our Sandy car repair center can service any make and model you have. We are excited to help you keep your car in optimal working condition. Drop by today for a tune-up.