When buying an older used car, one thing to be aware of is the vehicle’s level of safety equipment. Driver assists and safety technology have improved in recent years, meaning an older car might not have the same levels of equipment. Some useful safety tech to look out for includes:
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) – this prevents a vehicle from skidding when the brakes are sharply applied
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) – fitted on all new cars from 2014 as standard and building on ABS, electronic stability control helps drivers recover from a slide or spin to regain stability
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) – together, these safety systems monitor the road for potential collisions, warning the driver of danger, and automatically applying the brakes if the driver doesn’t respond in time
- Blind-spot monitoring – sensors monitor the car’s blind spot, alerting you to any approaching vehicle
- Rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights – these will bring your windshield wipers and headlamps on automatically at the appropriate times
- Reversing camera and Rear Cross Traffic Alert – the camera will help you enter and exit parking spaces, whilst the cross-traffic alert will detect and inform you if a car is approaching from either side whilst reversing
There are lots of other drivers assists and warning systems you might want to look for too, such as lane assist and lane departure warning systems. Do your research in advance and decide what you consider is essential for your needs. Discover more on the subject with our expert guide on safety features.