While many modern cars come with advanced safety systems and driver-assist technologies, many older cars aren’t as well equipped. If you want to make your car safer on the road, consider these aftermarket upgrades below.
Blind-Spot Alert System
A vehicle’s blind spot poses a risk to the driver and others on the road. While we know we should always look over our shoulders to check our blind spots when turning or merging, we might forget and accidentally turn into another car.
A blind-spot alert system is a great safety tool; it alerts drivers in their mirrors whenever a vehicle occupies one of their blind spots. Many new cars come with this feature, but if you have an older car, you can install an aftermarket blind-spot alert system. If you don’t want to pay for an entire system, even some simple blind-spot mirrors are great at helping prevent blind-spot collisions.
Another significant danger on the road is a tire puncture or blowout. This can cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle, and changing a tire on the side of the road with high-speed traffic nearby is dangerous.
One way to avoid these dangerous situations is with run-flat tires. There are pros and cons of run-flat tires, but the undeniable advantage is they’re much safer for drivers because they can still operate for miles after sustaining a puncture. Run-flat tires let drivers get to the nearest service station, tire shop, or safe area to replace the affected tire.
Another upgrade that will make your car safer on the road is a rearview camera. While these backup cameras have become standard in many new cars, especially SUVs and minivans, plenty of older cars still don’t have them.
We’ve all had the moment of panic while reversing when we nearly hit a car in our blind spot. A rearview camera makes driving in reverse easier and safer for drivers and others.
Driving at night always poses dangers, especially when you’re driving in rural areas and on roads that don’t feature streetlights. If you regularly drive down dark roads at night, consider upgrading your standard headlights to high-quality LED or HID lights.
These upgraded headlights offer significantly more visibility than the standard lights most cars come with, which means you see more of what’s ahead and off the side of the road. Even advanced headlights are affordable and easy to install.