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How well is your car equipped?

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On: Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 1:49PM | By: Gary P Garry


How well is your car equipped?

Technological advances have always pushed the automobile industry forward, and it is certainly a selling point when you can offer a new bell or whistle that your competitors have not yet perfected. Back in the day, the steps forward were typically baby steps, and change came about slowly. During our current era, the dynamic is quite a bit different. Innovations are constantly entering the automotive picture, and existing features undergo refinements. In fact, there are so many different features available in new cars, it can be hard to keep track of them all. This is especially true if you haven't purchased a new car in a number of years, because the landscape evolves quickly. Let's look at some of the features that you may find useful when you are shopping for a fresh ride. Some of them are technologically advanced, and one of them is surprisingly simple.

The simple fact that you don't have eyes in the back of your head has always been a challenge when you get behind the wheel. Mirrors provide a limited solution, but we are on a whole new playing field in the 21st century. Cameras are now widely utilized to provide access to angles that would be out of sight. Your new car can be equipped with a backup camera so you can see what is behind you without getting whiplashwhen you pull out of a parking space. Surround-view camera systems take this concept to an entirely different level. These cameras provide a 360-degree view from above the car or truck.

Being able to see what is going on around you through the utilization of camera angles is only one of the ways that modern technology can keep you safer on the roadways. Some cars can be equipped with blind-spot monitoring devices. With some systems, a small light may be used to warn you when there is someone in a blind spotbehind you, and there is an accompanying tone to get your attention. Forward collision warning systems and rear cross-traffic alerts are options also available in some vehicles. Heads-up displays that project information on the windshield directly in front of the driver to limit distractions can be an option as well.

The high-tech stuff is interesting, to say the least (and we have just scratched the surface here), but you also have to cover the basics. I bought a Chevy Camaro a couple of years ago, and, recently, I ran over a nail and got a flat tire. Since I have free roadside assistance through my insurance company, I got someone dispatched to come out to fix the tire. When the technician evaluated the situation, he informed me that I didn't have a spare. Believe it or not, the new Camaro did not come equipped with a spare tire. So... you may have a 360-degree surround view camera, and in a year or two your car may drive itself, but you may not have a spare tire. Keep this in mind when you're adding options to your new car.


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