The number of traffic fatalities is down around the country, due in no small part to traffic school and a host of new safety features in the new automobiles rolling off the assembly line.

It wasn’t so long ago that safety features like airbags were options on new vehicles, but today almost all new cars come equipped with not driver side air bags, but one for the passenger and possibly the back seat passengers and or side curtain airbags.

There are also new features like infra-red heads-up displays and new higher illumination head lights both of which help drivers see better at night. Anti-lock brakes are now standard on almost new cars as well. This decreases the effort required by the driver when the roads are slick with ice or snow. It will help keep the brakes from locking-up, preventing rear end collisions or drifting into an intersection when you try to stop.

Traction control is also a fairly common new safety device in new vehicles. With traction control, a computer adjusts how much power is delivered to the wheels to prevent slipping, possibly even apply brakes to specific wheel in order to give the driver the most possible control. Electronic stability control provides a similar service for drivers, only it takes control when a driver is executing a serious turn, helping the car stay where it is supposed to go instead of sliding around.

Even the headrests inside your vehicle have been improved, providing more cushioning and better protection against head and neck injuries.

All of these new safety features still pale in comparison to our online traffic school, but every little bit counts when it comes to being safe behind the wheel.

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