Happy rainy Monday from Kaufman Law! Be careful on the roads this morning and throughout the day as you drive into work and around the metro area. Read this articleposted by Forbes for information and tips regarding driving in certain conditions, especially slippery situations where traveling fifteen miles under the speed limit may still be too fast.
Following fromthis article that posted in the AJC a little over a week ago, we are discussing number six of the top nine vehicles that will help you survive in a crash. These vehicles that we have been featuring all reported zero deaths per one million users annually in 2011, and these numbers just keep on improving year over year. Today we are discussing another well-known luxury make that stems from its also popular standard make, Toyota. Safety runs in the family with these vehicles.
Other than this model being an obviously attractive vehicle with multiple luxury features that rival with many other luxury vehicle makes, this SUV is also one of the safest. Let's take a look at an itemized list of all that this smart beauty has to offer:
1. All-weather drive: The so-called Active Torque Control predicts and helps the driver maintain control of the vehicle on the route that the driver is intending.
2. Voice command: Helps the driver stay focused on the road instead of having to pull attention away from the road to configure the vehicle's temperature, audio system, or navigation system.
3. Backup camera and blind spot monitor: Rear-view camera helps the driver make precision movements with the vehicle when in reverse while the blind spot monitor detects other vehicles in the driver's blind spot and alerts the driver if another vehicle is in the blind spot area (s) when changing lanes.
4. Ten standard airbags: All airbags are positioned around the front and back to protect all occupants from potential injury and inflate at variable rates depending upon the severity of the collision.
5. Active front headrests: When a rear-collision occurs, the front headrests rise up and move slightly forward to protect the passengers against potential whiplash and other neck injuries.
6. Pre-Collision system: This smart safety system contains multiple features that are designed to detect and prevent a potential front-end collision. Sensors monitor traffic and road conditions to prepare the Brake Assist system to help provide increased braking pressure when the brake pedal is engaged, and the frontal seatbelts automatically retract without the occupants having to move forward to trigger their action. In addition, the system alerts the driver to vehicles close by with audio beeps to communicate a dangerously close distance.
A video on the Lexus website discusses how the company is able to test out real conditions in a real Lexus vehicle to see how drivers react and behave while driving. The simulator tests drivers in various situations that occur every day out on the road, such as being distracted by drinking coffee, adjusting the audio system, or reaching for objects inside the vehicle, as well as testing drivers who are operating the vehicle while being exhausted or slightly drowsy. The results of the simulator tests allow Lexus engineers to design more accurate and prevention safety technology for all vehicles designed in the line-up.
See the video and read about all of this vehicle's safety featureshere on the Lexus website.
Notice that this vehicle is the third SUV to be featured on our top nine safest vehicles. Ten years ago, because of such high rollover rates, no SUV was claimed to be on some of the top safest vehicles lists. This problem alone was enough to discount any new or upcoming advanced safety technology, but the reconstruction of the frames of many SUVs has changed this statistic for the better.
Come back tomorrow for number seven, and drive safely today in this mildly inclement weather in the meantime!