5 Ways To Improve Your Car’s Safety Technology

There’s no denying that today’s modern vehicles come with a wide range of technology as standard. Unfortunately, many people drive older cars that don’t always come with cutting-edge tech. Especially the technology features that improve safety on the road.

If you’re concerned that your vehicle doesn’t have the best safety features, you don’t have to sell it and spend lots of money on a newer car. Instead, you can retro-fit safety technology features. Here are five ways that will help you to improve your safety when you’re driving:

1. Rear Parking Sensors

While virtually all new vehicles today come equipped with rear parking sensors as standard, that isn’t the case for older cars made within the past ten years. Rear parking sensors are cheap to buy and easy to install, even for the novice home mechanic.

Sometimes it’s not always possible to see what’s immediately behind your vehicle when you reverse. Rear parking sensors alert you to any obstructions before anything terrible happens. Plus, they even work with cars fitted with tow bars.

2. Breathalyzer

If you never consume any alcoholic drinks, then you probably won’t need a breathalyzer. But, if you enjoy the occasional beer or glass of wine, you want to make sure that you’re under the legal limit for alcohol consumption in your area before you get behind the wheel.

The sad truth about alcoholic drinks is some people don’t realize they are over the limit until it’s too late, and they’re discussing the issue with their DUI attorney. A breathalyzer is a handy safety feature to have in your car for obvious reasons!

3. Dash Camera

Even if you’re stationary in traffic, you could still get involved in a collision with another driver. As you can imagine, it can sometimes be hard to prove who was the cause of an accident. And when that happens, you’re likely to end up paying high car insurance.

A dash camera records everything that happens, and so can offer vital evidence that can help you to back up your side of events. Some dash cameras have GPS units built into them, allowing insurance companies and the police to see what speed you were doing.

4. Backup Camera

While parking sensors are great safety features to install on cars, all they’ll do is provide an audible “beep” when you’re getting too near to an obstruction. Motorists will also want to see what’s going on behind them, and a backup camera helps them to do that.

You can hook up a backup camera to your car’s existing stereo head unit if it’s got a touchscreen display, for example. You can even attach them to a separate screen, such as one that easily fits over your rearview mirror.

5. Tire Pressure Sensors

The majority of new cars sold today come with tire pressure sensors as standard. They alert drivers when one or more of their tires has lost a lot of pressure. Did you know you can retro-fit them to any car using an easy-to-install aftermarket kit?

Emily Muelford
Emily is a British writer whose love of car culture is augmented by a fascination with both the European and American automotive markets. Her perspective is uniquely fish and chips.