Back in the day, power windows and locks were considered the luxurious features. Today they are the standard on most econobox vehicles. Technology has given us many more advances and features that make our lives easier, and our cars a lot safer. Here are some features that will greatly enhance your experience in the driver’s seat, or in any vehicle; it may even give you a lower car insurance rate!

The first feature is becoming more and more of a standard. Remote keyless entry systems allow you to unlock your car simply by pushing a button on a remote. My brother the other day bought a standard Nissan Altima and it came with this option. You can quickly get into your car without fumbling around for the key is especially convenient in poorly lit areas. The button also has a panic button, which is a nice safety feature.

Second, An OnStar System gives you help from a real-live person, always a button or push away. OnStar advisors are with you if you got a flat, someone’s following you, you get locked out, track your car if it’s stolen, remotely let’s you back in your car. The most basic plan gives you the most critical safety benefits for $17/ month.

Another feature that is becoming more and more standard is ABS anti-lock brakes, which come in handy when you need to quickly maneuver your vehicle or brake hard. ABS brakes pumps the brakes far faster than a human could.

Then you have a nifty new feature that enables you to move in and out your steering wheel – called “telescoping steering wheel” and or electrically adjustable pedals, helping you truly personalize a comfortable driving position. More importantly, these two features allow shorter drivers to safely position themselves farther from the airbag, while still maintaining a comfortable driving position. Adjustable pedals and telescoping steering wheels add more safety to your driving experience, and insurance companies take note of that in giving you a quote.

Then you have a feature that could even save your life in the event of a major accident or collision. Most cars have at least three feet of crush space at the front and back, but what about protection at the sides of the car? Older vehicles have only a few inches of side protection, but newer vehicles come with side airbags, which cushion and help keep you safe inside the car.

Lastly, we and car insurance companies all know the importance of roadside assistance. Whether you have a flat tire, a dead batter, run out of gas, or whatever, many new cars come with roadside assistance as part of their new-car warranty. Many car insurance providers have this feature in their policy, and it may be a good idea to shop around and see which the better deal is. Also check to see if roadside assistance is included in your warranty before choosing vehicle insurance with it in the policy, as it will increase your premium and monthly payments.

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