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The NTSB is helping new car buyers

Car buyers are waiting with baited breath for Labor Day weekend to come. What is known for the last summer holiday and road trips is also a great time for car buyers to get a great deal on a new car. This is because car dealers want to clear space for new 2016 models on their lots; which they can charge more for (and generate higher profits).

While this is not a surprise for buyers and dealers, it may be surprising how much support that federal regulators are showing in order to have early warning systems be a basic part of a new car’s offerings. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report earlier this summer suggesting that such systems should be standard on all new cars sold in the United States. 

Essentially, researchers believe that a large percentage of accidents could be prevented with systems that alerted drivers to the presence of other vehicles before making a lane change or turn. The same would be said about automatic braking systems; which stops a car to avoid hazards that a driver may not see or be able to react to in time. By the numbers, it is estimated that 80 percent of potential accidents could be avoided if such systems were standard instead of optional equipment.

While the NTSB’s recommendation may not come to fruition this year, it is worth noting that even without these systems, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care while driving; which means that they must stay aware of hazards and check their mirrors and blind spots before making a lane change. 

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