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Safety Tech We Are Actually Using

Car’s aren’t built like they used to be. From the materials used to all of the fancy features we get inside, cars have become so much more convenient and luxurious, but more importantly, they’ve also become safer. Just like any other car feature, however, some safety features sound a lot more useful than they actually are. But, on the other hand, some are actually worth the upgrade. These are the best safety features people are actually using today.

Blind spot warning

Whatever you want to call it, having some form of blind-spot monitoring is one of the most useful safety features that has become standard in most modern-day cars. While you probably don’t give it much though, once you first get it, over time, you would be surprised just how useful having a blind-spot warning system can be. That becomes even more apparent when you find yourself driving someone else’s car and feel uneasy changing lanes without it.

A woman drives along the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, past the Manhattan skyline | Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis, Getty Images

Adaptive cruise control

Adaptive cruise control sounds more like a convenience than a safety feature, but it does a lot to improve our safety on the roads every day. Standard cruise control can make driving on the highway less boring, but it also tends to make drivers less attentive to the road and cars around us. With adaptive cruise control, we get that extra level of security in knowing that if we get too close to the car in front of us, or even if traffic comes to a sudden halt, our cars will too.

A view of King's Highway 401 in Canada
A view of King’s Highway 401 | Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images

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Cameras enhance our safety

While it isn’t the newest technology, backup cameras are becoming more and more popular. In fact, they are almost expected of even the most affordable, base model cars on the market now when they were once an expensive upgrade. Backup cameras provide us with more visibility than ever before, and as the technology becomes more popular the better it will get. Once you’ve had a backup camera it feels weird to drive a car without one.

2009 Ford Flex vehicle | Andy Cross/The Denver Post, Getty Images

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There are so many safety features out there that it is hard to pick just a few. In way of the most useful, we also look at what is the most available for the average consumer. Sure, Bugatti probably has some very useful safety features that most consumer cars don’t have, but that doesn’t do us much good.