Originally posted by Matt VDW
Please give your opinion on the following automotive safety features, using a scale of 0-10 where 10 represents a "must have" feature and 0 means "not only is it useless, but it actually makes the car LESS safe":
- ABS (Anti-lock Braking System)
ABS is an "active system" while good for drivers during a "panic stop". Proper braking is generally shorter in a non-ABS equiped car.
I would give it a 7. Since it can help general drivers, but tends to hurt trained drivers.
- Side curtain airbags
If you need airbags then you already crashed. Airbags work/help in protecting you. Side airbags help. I would give airbags, an 8 or 9 however it is better not to ever need them.
- Daytime running lights
If I am not mistaken DRL's have already been shown to prevent accidents. I would say 9.
- Traction control
I am not a big fan of Traction Control Systems. The computer is unable to distingush between rain/sleet/snow/mud/sand/pavement etc.
"Rocking" a car can get you out of places that a TCS engaged system would not. Having a TCS system that you can turn off is a good mix between both.
I would rate TCS as 6 or 7. It works well as designed however it if outside it's design paramters then it can hurt.
My car has all of the features you outlined. However they do nothing to make me feel safe, (They may protect me in the event of an accident).
The only "10" I would give is learning the limits of a car and what needs to be done to keep control of it.
Yes, that's a good point.The only "10" I would give is learning the limits of a car and what needs to be done to keep control of it.