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New vehicle safety tech: What is electronic stability control?

Missouri automobile shoppers can save a lot of cash by purchasing a used vehicle. It seems that the older the vehicle is, the more money shoppers can save. However, are these savings worth it from a safety perspective?

Every year, automakers are incorporating new, life-saving technology into the latest vehicles. As such, paying several thousand dollars more for a newer model automobile could represent an investment that prevents an accident and injuries. It could even save your life.

ESC: Technology you might want to have in your car

"Electronic stability control" is one of the newest technologies that vehicle shoppers should look for. If you can afford a car with ESC, safety experts would recommend that you make the investment.

This technology will help you stay in control of your vehicle when making an extreme maneuver. Many accidents happen after the driver tries to avoid an accident, overcorrects and loses control. Vehicles often drive off the road, flip over, hit trees, drive into oncoming traffic or suffer other catastrophic results in these situations.

Imagine you're driving at 80 mph on the interstate and a piece of debris falls from a truck in front of you. You'll try to swerve out of the way or forcefully apply your brakes to avoid the collision. Traveling at such a high rate of speed, the centripetal forces could cause you to lose control of your car, but ESC uses advanced computer systems to apply different amounts of brake to different wheels. This will help your car maintain traction and direct motion.

New safety technology is saving lives and preventing litigation

It's reassuring to know that -- if someone causes you to get hurt due to negligence, recklessness or unlawful behavior -- you can pursue a personal injury claim for financial restitution and justice. However, ESC and other safety features in cars are helping drivers avoid accidents -- no matter who is at fault. Maybe one day, if technology gets advanced enough, personal injury claims will be obsolete, but for now, such a future fantasy is beyond our current level of technological capacity.

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