Five Safety Features to Look for in a New-to-You Car

Buying a new car, or even a new-to-you car, means looking at what features it has available. The most important ones, of course, are the safety features in the car in question. Stringer Auto Repair, LLC, knows that it can get overwhelming shopping for a new car, so keep some of these safety features in mind as you shop.

The Car’s Crash Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration keeps tabs on which cars do well in crash tests. You can go out to the NHTSA website and find information on vehicles you’re interested in either by make and model or by VIN. Cars that aren’t rated well for crash safety might be ones you want to avoid.


Airbags have become a standard feature in most cars. Whereas airbags were initially a front safety feature only, they’ve changed over time. Now cars offer front, side, and other airbags for greater safety. You might find cars with rollover airbags, for instance, which are invaluable in a rollover accident.

Backup Cameras

Backup cameras are also a lot more common now than they were when they first came on the scene. These cameras are helpful because they give you a chance to see even more of what’s behind you when the car is in reverse. There’s nothing special you have to do to activate the camera other than put the transmission in reverse.

A Clear Field of Vision

Some cars are easier to see all around you than others can be. That’s why a test drive is so crucial. It allows you to sit in the vehicle and experience what it’s like to look over both shoulders, use the mirrors, and determine how easy it is to see what’s happening around you. 

Fancier Features

If you’re looking for even bigger and better safety features, you might want to look for things like automatic braking and lane change warning systems. These types of features can do things like detect a possible obstruction in front of you and apply the brakes automatically or detect when you’re drifting out of your lane. Other features, like ones that detect when your eyes are off the road, might be a possibility, too.

If you’d like to have a mechanic you trust look at a car you’re considering buying, contact Stringer Auto Repair, LLC, in Johnstown, OH. You can call us and set up a time for us to take a look at the car in question and let you know what type of work it might need.


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