Owning a luxury car is a thrilling and adrenaline-filled experience, but it needn’t be unsafe. Luxury models such as the Mercedes-Benz S550 and the Lexus RX 350 are featured in the list of the few cars that regularly experience zero traffic fatalities. Renting a vehicle with advanced safety technology is the best thing you can do to keep your family safe, while you indulge in your love for luxury automobiles. So fire up the engine and get ready to experience that thrill, with the confidence that you will be protected in the rare event of an accident.
Use of cameras and sensors
One of the most important factors in staying safe on busy streets is to do with drivers losing their concentration. The road is full of potential dangers, from all directions and it’s impossible for a driver to be 100% aware of everything, 100% of the time. This is why luxury cars are increasingly doing some of the work for you, through the use of cameras and sensors. As the most advanced vehicles move towards becoming fully automated, the probability of a crash caused by distracted driving decreases.
Cameras and sensors allow the driver to still be in control. This is important for luxury vehicle enthusiasts who take great pleasure in driving. However, they can also help to alert the driver of obstacles, to decrease the risk of an accident. Only cars in the top price bracket will have the latest and best sensor technology.
Electronic stability control
Cars built more for the track than the road, such as Lamborghini and Ferrari, have long used computers to keep them steady in the corners. Smaller, less powerful and cheaper cars often lack this technology and can, therefore, be unsafe at high speeds. If you take a Lamborghini up to the speed limit on the highway, then you can be confident that the onboard computers will prevent skidding.
These systems aren’t perfect. After all, they still give most of the control to an imperfect driver. However, they do help even inexperienced drivers to reach high speeds and still have total control over the vehicle. It is estimated that a third of fatal crashes could be prevented with the use of electronic stability control.
Being able to sense obstacles is one thing, but modern technology is now capable of discriminating between living and non-living objects in the road. Driverless vehicles are far from mainstream, but, in chasing their ultimate aim of full automation, tech companies have come up with some ingenious solutions. Pedestrian sensors will be able to slam the breaks on if it judges a pedestrian to be at risk. This may not protect the safety of a luxury vehicle driver, but it certainly protects them from causing unthinkable damage to another human being.
Luxury cars are beautiful, comfortable, fast and a joy to ride. However, the importance of safety should not be overlooked. From sensors and cameras, through to electronic stability control and pedestrian protection, driving a luxury vehicle can help keep you and other road users safe from traffic collisions.