Your Valley Honda Dealers in Phoenix proudly sell some of the safest and most reliable cars, minivans, and trucks money can buy. But don’t take our word for it. Major industry organizations and government agencies consistently give Hondas high marks for superlative safety. A big reason for this is that Honda devotes millions of dollars to research to develop cutting-edge safety technology. In fact, Honda was the world’s first automaker to develop pedestrian crash test dummies that are used to simulate how human bodies react in a collision. Hondas have earned the Insurance Institute’s Top Safety Pick + and the National Highway Transportation Administration’s 5-Star Safety Rating year after year.
Driving a safe and reliable vehicle is more important than ever. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were 109,554 automobile-related crashes in 2014. Of these, 774 were fatal, and nearly 51,000 resulted in some form of injury. The rear-end collisions were the most common type of vehicular accident and speeding was the most common driver violation.
Passive Safety VS Active Safety
To better understand what goes into making new 2016 Hondas safe for your family, we first must understand the two major types of safety features. The first type is called “passive” safety. One of the important passive safety features on new Hondas for sale in Phoenix is what Honda calls its “ACE™ Body Structure.” The car’s safety cage absorbs the force and energy of a frontal impact throughout the car’s body and to help minimize injury.
Another important safety feature with which we are all familiar is airbags. Honda uses advanced dual-stage, multiple threshold airbags that sense the severity of a frontal impact and then adjust themselves to deploy with the least amount of energy required to protect occupants. Another type of airbag technology available on new Hondas is called, “SmartVent®.” These are front side airbags, and side-curtain airbags that have rollover sensors that can detect of the car has flipped over. Other key passive safety features include a three-point seatbelts with automatic tensioning and LATCH (lower anchors and tethers) to help properly secure child safety seats.
Honda also believes that a great handling car is a safer car. New 2016 Hondas help you command the road with confidence, thanks to MacPherson Strut Front Suspension, a Stabilizer Bar, Multi-Link Rear Suspension, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution. But this is just the beginning of Honda’s extensive automotive safety measures.
Preventing Accidents Before They Happen
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This sage advice echoes through the ages and is certainly applies to today’s modern automobiles. Active safety systems, as the name implies, consist of a collection of safety technologies that are designed to help prevent an accident before it happens. Understanding the wisdom of this advice, Honda created its exclusive “Honda Sensing™” suite of advanced safety technologies. These multiple safety features work together to give drivers an extra level of advanced warning. Honda Sensing consists of the following forward-thinking active safety components:
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW) employs radar and optical sensors that alert you if you make an unintended departure from your lane of travel. Flashing lights and audible sounds tell you to correct your lane drift.
- The Lane-Keeping Assist System (LKAS) functions much like the previously described Lane Departure Warning system. If you are fatigued or distracted, LKAS detects that you are leaving the middle of the lane without signaling and adjusts the steering wheel to keep you centered in your lane.
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) is another part of the Honda Sensing safety suite. The system determines if you are drifting too close to the side of the roadway at speeds between 45 and 90 mph without the turn signal being activated. The system alerts you by a series of rapid steering wheel vibrations. If you continue to drift off the road, the system can even adjust the steering and braking to bring you back into your designated lane.
- Adaptive Cruise Control uses radar and optics to determine the correct distance between your Honda and other forward traffic. It then calculates the correct distance interval, so you don’t have to change your speed manually, keeping you at a safe distance.
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses a small camera in the front of the windshield. It can detect if you are getting too close to a vehicle or if a possible collision is imminent. The system then uses audible and visible alerts to make you aware of the risk. If no action is taken, the system coordinates with the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS™) to automatically apply the brakes, if necessary.
Additionally, today’s 2015 and 2016 Honda feature a multi-angle rearview camera with sight lines. You can observe the rear of your vehicle from three different angles, including normal, top down, and wide to help avoid obstacles. Another important safety feature is Honda’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). It monitors your tire pressure and lets you know if one or more of your tires need filling by way of a special symbol that illuminates on the instrument panel. Daytime running lights make your Honda more visible to oncoming traffic.
Secure A Great Deal At Your Valley Honda Dealers
You have plenty of things to worry about in life, and keeping you and your passengers safe and sound while driving on Arizona’s roadways shouldn’t be one of them. We invite you to visit one of our many conveniently located Phoenix Honda dealerships here in the Valley of the Sun to learn more about the many important benefits of Honda’s outstanding safety features. While you are at one of our Valley Honda Dealers, be sure to check out the many exceptional deals on new Hondas for sale in Phoenix.