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Updated: 7 Jun 2022

Watch: Car safety features explained

Car safety has improved massively in recent years, but do you know what features to look for when buying a car? Our video explains how three key safety features work

When you're buying a car, a key thing to think about are the safety features that come with it. Manufacturers are continually developing advanced safety technology to not only mitigate the effects of a collision but, in some cases, avoid one altogether.

Some of this safety technology is included as standard, but it can vary from model to model - particularly on cheaper cars. For instance, side airbags for rear passengers is often offered only as an optional extra, so it’s worth checking before buying a car.

Our video explains how three key safety features work:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Visibility aids

For more information about car safety, including what to look for and the difference between 'active' and 'passive' safety features, check out our complete guide to car safety.

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