Today marks discussion of the seventh safest vehicle on the road today in this amazing Kaufman Law blog series where we have been deep-diving into the top nine safest vehicles available, inspired bythis article posted in the AJC two Fridays ago.
Unsurprisingly, a model from the widely popular and coveted make Mercedes-Benz is one of the top safest vehicles, and after uncovering the secrets to why SUVs and crossovers are now some of the safest types of vehicles, no wonder that the model we are featuring today from Mercedes is just that-an SUV, with no doubts of incredible luxury attached.
Mercedes-Benz boasts on their safety page on their website that the company sets a standard that all vehicles come to eventually follow. The three main objectives that Mercedes makes for their breakthrough safety technology are to make a wreck less likely, less damaging, and less severe. With that said, let's look more closely at the safety technology that Mercedes installs on their newer vehicles, and see why this make can brag about zero annual vehicular deaths per one million users:
1. Pre-Safe: This system, available on most models, detects the possibility of a collision and makes preparations for the vehicle accordingly. A network of sensors, that are also involved in other vehicle systems such as the braking system, sense certain conditions that are congruent with a possible imminent wreck, such as slamming onto the brakes suddenly or skidding. Once these conditions are detected, the front seat belts tighten, the front head restraints and passenger seat are adjusted, and if windows are down, they are closed automatically.
2. Distronic Plus with Pre-Safe brake: This system monitors traffic ahead and uses both an audible alert system and the braking system to prevent or lessen the impact of a possible front-end collision. Even if the driver does not respond to the alerts, this system has the ability to apply full braking pressure on its own.
3. Attention Assist: This smart safety system observes and "records" the driver's driving style as well as the outside environment. If the driver starts to get drowsy and changes steering movements, the system alerts the driver, even up to encouraging the driver to stop and rest before continuing on.
4. Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist: For blind spot monitoring, a red icon lights on the side mirror to alert the driver to a vehicle that is traveling alongside from a sensor in the rear bumper, and if the driver signals a lane change, an audible alert is activated. For keeping inside the current lane, a camera monitors pavement and lane markings and sends a vibration through the steering wheel if the driver is drifting outside the current lane. The vehicle is also capable of braking only on one side of the vehicle to direct the driver back into the correct lane.
Read and watch videos of the safety features outlined here on the Mercedes-Benz Safety Technology page:
One aspect of the Mercedes-Benz page that we like is the succinct and simple manner in which the safety features are outlined: The website is very user-friendly and concisely describes the most important points of any given vehicle that most potential buyers want to know about and actively look for. Mercedes-Benz makes navigating their company information easy and stress-free.
See the eighth top safest vehicle on the road on our blog tomorrow morning!