Developments in auto safety have progressed at a fast pace in recent years, and while this is good news for all drivers, it can take some time to catch up and understand all the new technology that has become available.
The first thing that drivers should know about traction control and electronic stability control (ESC) is that it may not be wise to buy a car that features neither, according to many auto experts. Both features go a long way to preventing a crash, but ESC goes a step further than traction control.
According to the Tampa Tribune, traction control detects when a wheel slips and compensates by giving more power to the other wheels, thereby maintaining grip on the road and potentially allowing the driver to remain in control of the car. ESC analyzes several factors, including the weight of the car and the incline of the road, to deliver optimal power to the wheels and better control the brakes. According to a study performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, ESC can cut the risk of a fatal single-vehicle crash by 49 percent, and can cut the risk of an SUV rollover by 75 percent.
Drivers who are in the market for a new car may want to look for a deal on an affordable vehicle that features one of these technologies, then research their car finance options and fill out an auto loan application.