Cars 101 – Safety features

Cars 101 – Safety features

Looking to buy a new or used car in the UAE? Here is a guide to help you understand common car safety features that you will likely come across;


ABS stands for Anti-lock Braking System. This is what stops the car from skidding on slippery road surfaces or when the brake is hit suddenly by preventing the wheels from locking so that you still have the ability to steer and control the car. The ABS control unit monitors the rotational speed of all car wheels by means of wheel speed sensors. If one of them threatens to lock, a solenoid valve in the control unit of the ABS reduces brake pressure for the respective wheel until it runs freely again. The pressure then increases up to the locking limit once more. The car remains stable, and you remain able to steer easily.

Traction control

Traction Control systems optimize the grip and stability of the car on the road during acceleration by measuring wheel rotation. These systems are installed to enable them to be the car to form traction or friction on any road surface. It stops wheel spin by reducing engine power or temporarily applying the brakes to that wheel, allowing the car to accelerate smoothly, even on slippery surfaces.


ISOFIX is the international standard for attachment points that allows you to fit a child’s car seat directly into a car without the use of a seatbelt. ISOFIX car seats have two arms or connectors on the back of the seat that hook or anchor onto small metal bars fixed to the frame of the vehicle. The system secures the car seat using these compatible anchor points on the car and the seat, removing the risk of a poor fit when using the car’s seat belt to secure it. 

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Also referred to as Intelligent Cruise Control, ACC is an automated vehicle speed management system that monitors the traffic ahead and alters the car’s speed automatically. The ACC systems can vary from brand to brand, but all ACCs use a radar/camera system to track the vehicles ahead and adjust speed accordingly.

Lane departure warning

This is an electronic driving aid that helps keep your car in a straight line by scanning the road to determine where the lane markers are and warn the driver when the car begins to move out of its lane (unless a turn signal is on in that direction) by beeping or displaying a warning message on the dashboard for the driver to take corrective action. This technology comes very handily on narrow roads, or during long and tedious drives.



Airbags area safety features in cars designed to reduce instances of head injury by cushioning the head and neck during a sudden and harsh jolt caused by a collision. The stretchable fabric is compressed and packed in various locations throughout your vehicle, at the front of the dashboard and along the side of the car. When there is an accident, the airbags fill up with air very quickly to provide a cushioning system for the people in the car.