Toyotas consistently rank very highly when it comes to overall safety. In fact, U.S. News gave the Toyota Highlander a 9.0 safety rating when set on a scale of one to 10. The Toyota Corolla did even better, getting a 9.4, and the Toyota Camry came in with a 9.3. So, what helps Toyota get some of these high rankings? They use a lot of new safety features and technological advances to assist drivers. Three of the best features are listed below.
Every year, thousands of people get into accidents while going backwards. While some of these are minor–backing into a car in the parking lot, for example–some of them are far more serious. People walking down the sidewalk have been struck by cars coming out of driveways, and cars that are backing into the street have been hit by fast-moving thru traffic.
Backup cameras do not eliminate this risk, but they give the driver a far better view of what lies behind. The display is right in the dash, where it’s easy to see, and there are not nearly as many blind spots as there are with mirrors. Some cameras even come with sensors that will beep if the camera detects something that the driver may have missed.
Traction control systems help drivers maintain control even in adverse weather conditions. Essentially, this is done by cutting back on the engine power to the tires if they are slipping on the pavement. For instance, if you slam on the gas while sitting on ice, a car without traction control would spin its tires and slew sideways; if this happens at speed, you could go out of control. A car with a traction control system will reduce the power, slow the wheels down until they catch, and then keep traction as well as possible. Ice, snow and water on the pavement are a constant hazard, but these systems ensure that vehicles always respond how you expect them to when hitting the gas or the brakes.
Airbags and Impact Absorption Designs
Even doing everything possible, Toyota can’t keep all accidents from happening. While many safety features are geared around lowering accident totals, other key features focus on protecting people when a crash does happen. Two examples are airbags and a design that is created to absorb the impact.
Airbags are now more advanced than ever, with front and side airbags to protect against all manner of collisions. Perhaps even more important, though, is a design with crumples zones that are created specifically to fold up when there is a crash. This way, the energy from the collision, which would normally be passed into the cage and the people inside, is dissipated. The remaining energy goes into an incredibly strong passenger cage, but reducing that energy means the people within feel the impact to a much smaller degree. More of the car may have to be repaired or replaced, but the passengers suffer fewer injuries.