Five Vehicle Safety Terms You Should Know It is hard to overstate the importance of vehicle safety. More than 32,000 people died in U.S. automobile accidents last year. Though a large number, that is down from the 42,000 killed 10 years ago, or the 51,000 annual deaths from 30 years ago. Clearly, vehicle safety is improving; the key is to continue that trend by improving safety features and technology. Several car manufacturers are doing exactly that, coming up with new vehicle safety systems that go beyond simple seat belts and air bags. So if you would like your next car to keep your family as safe as possible, here are five vehicle safety terms to keep an eye out for. Pre-crash system. Of course, you would prefer there to be no crash, but sometimes they are unavoidable. In those instances, a pre-crash system detects the impending collision (via radar) and takes steps to minimize the damage, such as tightening the seat belts and pre-charging the brakes. Vehicle stability control. This system detects when the tires begin to skid, such as when going around a sharp curve. It automatically reduces engine power and applies the brakes to individual wheels, stopping the skid and allowing you to maintain control. Traction control. In slick conditions, when one or more wheels start to spin out, a traction control system will apply the brakes to the spinning wheels and redirect power to wheels that have more traction. Electronic brake-force distribution. This is the next step forward in anti-lock brake technology. This system applies more braking force to the wheels that have the most braking effectiveness, depending on conditions such as weight and cargo distribution. Blind spot information system. This technology uses radar to warn you of other vehicles in your blind spot. It is especially useful when backing out of parking spots or changing lanes on the highway. At NYE Automotive Group, we carry a number of Toyota, Ford, Lincoln, GMC, Buick and Scion models that already incorporate some or all of these vehicle safety features. Contact us today to learn more about these and other available safety systems; we’ll be happy to answer your questions.