There are a lot of ways cars today are smarter than ever. From starting your car with the push of a button to dashboards with GPS capabilities, backup cameras, and more, there are many bells and whistles included in brand-new cars that make them more pleasant to drive, but more importantly, safer to drive.
Now if only we all had enough money to buy a brand-new car!
There’s no need to drop tens of thousands of dollars on a new car if you don’t have the money to do it. There are plenty of ways you can make your old car safer for a lot less money.
Install a Backup Camera
Backup cameras are a popular feature on brand-new cars. They can keep you from backing up into cars in parking lots, accidentally hitting children who may be riding by on a bicycle, or backing up into stationary items, like light poles.
You don’t need a new car to take advantage of this technology. You can install a backup camera on any car. The best backup cameras have many features that include blind spot elimination, camera angles to keep an eye on trailers, and front-facing cameras that can help you keep an eye on the road in front of you.
Cameras are fairly easy to install, but you do have to make sure you install your backup camera properly. If you’re worried about getting it right, it’s worth the extra money to pay a professional to install it for you.
Upgrade Your Tires
Your tires have a huge impact on how your car handles on the road and how smooth your ride is. They also have a huge impact on the safety of your vehicle.
Knowing when to replace your tires is important because they dictate how long it will take you to stop. If your tires are worn or bald, you can slam on your brakes and still end up hitting the person at the stop light ahead of you. With new tires, you can cut your stopping time in half.
Even if your tires are technically okay, you may want to consider upgrading them anyway. You may want to switch to summer tires, winter tires, or you may want to choose an all-season tire if you live in a climate that changes throughout the year.
Check Your Brakes
Your tires are important, but so are your brakes. Dealing with a brake failure on the road can be extremely scary, but it can also be deadly. If you have had your car for more than a few years, it’s time to get the brakes inspected.
By having your brakes inspected regularly, you can avoid a potential failure on the road. Replacing brakes and brake parts isn’t always cheap, but it’s a lot cheaper than dealing with an injury or a totaled car because you put off having them replaced when they needed it.
Make Your Headlights Look Like New
Having trouble seeing on the road when the sun goes down? Not only can your headlights make it difficult for you to drive around at night, but they can also make it difficult for other drivers to see you. Make your headlights look like new and you’ll be a lot safer behind the wheel.
In some cases, all it takes is scrubbing the grime off of your headlights. In other cases, it might mean updating your bulbs. Consider halogen bulbs to see better and LEDs for brake lights, as they put less strain on your car’s system.
Install an App on Your Phone
There’s an app for everything. That includes making your car safer!
Choose from driving apps that include:
- iOnRoad can help you with lane departures and collision warnings
- Torque provides you with car performance data and diagnostics
- Waze helps you deal with traffic conditions, and it can help you find cheap gas
In addition, there are many apps out there that can be used to encourage you to spend less time on your phone while driving. Consider using Bluetooth to take calls hands-free without the need for a fancy dashboard or an app blocker that will keep you from feeling tempted to check your phone while driving.
If you’ve got the money to spend on a brand-new car, there are a lot of wonderful features you will enjoy. Just don’t make the mistake of thinking only new cars can be safe! There are plenty of things you can do to make your current care safer.