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Beyond Seat Belt Safety: Meet The Next Generation of Vehicle Safety

It wasn’t long ago when safety belts were a new innovation in automotive technology. Simply understanding that restraining individuals in their vehicles during a crash could assist in saving their lives was a major discovery.

Today, new breakthroughs are being made in automotive technology. Now there’s everything from airbags to pre-crash mitigation systems, and some of these systems require little if any effort on the part of passengers or drivers to function. Side curtain airbags and motorized retractable safety belts are just the beginning of a new generation of automotive engineers’ inventions.

At the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a one-piece electronic Integrated Center Panel with dual-zone controls and display and an intuitive Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology was demonstrated. This display inspired the engineers who envisioned it and could even be integrated with advanced safety systems throughout the vehicle.

Crash sensing, lane departure and forward collision warning, blind spot detection and active night vision may reach the mass market sooner than most would expect. In fact, many new systems, such as adaptive cruise control and collision detection technology, are already offered as options on the consumer vehicle market.

Helping further advance consumer vehicle technology, automotive engineers who have worked in other market segments, such as government and military, sometimes apply their outside expertise to the high-volume consumer vehicle markets. For example, those with unique experience in complex military radar systems have become forerunners in making similar features attainable to the public in their vehicles.

Adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning could, quite possibly, be the greatest safety system yet for the high-volume consumer vehicle market. This technology can warn drivers when the possibility of an imminent accident is detected. How? By using radar to monitor vehicles ahead and warning the driver of the equipped vehicle when approaching slower moving or stopped traffic. Drivers can also set a gap they want to maintain between their own vehicles and those ahead. The warning system then issues an alert when that gap dips below the predetermined setting.

Crashes do happen, however. If the collision warning system senses that one is unavoidable, the pre-crash mitigation system enacts safety precautions such as automatic braking and pretensioning safety belts, before the impact, to help reduce crash severity.

As these safety systems become increasingly available to the average consumer, it gets easier to add more devices to the same vehicle. Integrating a new feature for, say, intelligent headlights, is a lot easier once the cameras and sensors are already in place for other safety systems. Using the same sensors for multiple functions and features helps decrease costs while increasing system functionality.

It’s hard to imagine how all this technology could keep driving costs down, but according to The Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, $230.6 billion was exhausted on motor vehicle crashes in the year 2000. Twenty-eight million vehicles were damaged, and nearly 42 thousand people died. Furthermore, in 2004, 2.7 million passenger vehicles were involved in side-impact crashes and more than 9,000 people were killed in them, according the Institute for Highway Safety. Shaving off even a small percentage of any of these statistics could have a major impact, not only on the lives of millions of people but on everything from state budgets to auto insurance premiums.

Mike Trudel


NHTSA: Auto Safety Starts At Home

How a person acts in the society is basically the attitude that he has been taught at home.

This has been one of the major theories and beliefs that people have. This is mainly because it has been said that the home is the breeding ground for attitudes and beliefs. If your child grows up to be an extrovert, then it is because being an extrovert is a characteristic that has been taught to the child at home. Whatever a child sees in an adult especially sees in his parents, he copies and imitates it for that is what he thinks is right.

The same goes true for auto safety. And this is according to the new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) chief, Nicole Nason. Nason is a mother to two young girls. And she firmly asserts that if you want your child to know auto safety, it is important that he or she sees it in you as the parent. She even states, “This is a family issue and vehicle safety needs to be the priority.”

Nason is up to promoting such a campaign towards widening information on auto safety. This new NHTSA chief has been serving the organization for years as an aide to Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. Now, she is still serving the NHTSA as its administrator which she started back last May.

Auto safety is indeed a very important aspect that parents should not forget to teach their children. After all, the statistics simply are bothering. Annually in the United States, there are around 43,000 people killed in crashes, accidents, and collisions, and along with that some 2.7 million people also receive injuries. Nason also believes that if auto safety is practiced by parents, children are much more likely to learn the trait. And if parents do get to follow rules and prioritize safety, there would be much lesser children dying or getting injured because of crashes.

Keeping the car running in good condition is also an important aspect in auto safety. Your car must be maintained well and if there is a need to replace parts, you can turn to Toyota Parts Online for quality parts including Toyota alternators, headlights and many other Toyota accessories.

Mark Clarkson

Automobile Safety

A Few Things About Tire and Snow Chains


You will be able to find numbers and characters on the side of the tires. Usually for the modern tires the size almost always  presented this way: P165/70R13, this one says that the tire is 165mm wide, the aspect ratio is 70% and the wheel diameter is 13 inches. All of these numbers are critical in helping you to find the traction products that will fit your tire.


Since the drive tires are the ones provide force, they are where the tire chains should be mounted. On vehicles with front-wheel drive this would be the two front tires, of course if you have rear wheel drive vehicle you only need to chain up two rear tires. If you don’t know what kind of drive you have, then check the vehicle owner’s manual. One more thing, if you have a four wheel drive vehicle, you are only going to have two tires chained up, which axle should be chained up should be determined by the owner’s manual of your vehicle. If you’re not feeling comfortable with chaining up only 2 tires on your AWD vehicle, get all tires chained up will be the choice.

Under normal driving conditions, all wheels of a vehicle will have about the same amount of traction, making you feel normal when asserting brake, acceleration and cornering. When driving under snow or ice conditions this balance will be distorted. If only front tires get chained up, you will find the rear tires will swing when braking and driving. If only the rear tires have the car snow chains on, the steering ability of the vehicle is limited. To balance the force, the vehicle should be completely equipped with snow chains. Remember that traction devices are sold in pairs, if you want to cover both axles on the vehicle, two pairs will be required. Remember there are truck tire chain and car tire chain , the car tire chains are smaller in size and cheaper on price than truck tire chains.

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