It’s not something we like to dwell on, but in reality, you’re taking a risk every time you step out of the house and into your vehicle. Yes, driving is relatively safe, but accidents do occur every day in every city. So, why aren’t we doing everything we can to ensure we’re protected?
While this might not be a topic you mull on often, it is a prime point of conversation at Subaru. This isn’t mentioned to worry you. In fact, we want you to set off in your Subaru knowing we thought of and implemented every innovation possible to keep you and your family safe during each trip on the road, no matter how long.
Aside from clicking those seatbelts and driving with care, we want you to leave safety to us. That’s why we’ve added in standard safety Subaru features you probably wouldn’t even think to ask for.
Here are five ways Subaru keeps you safe each time you’re on the road in one of our vehicles.
EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is a set of Subaru features developed by our top engineers. They know that while style and comfort are on the top of your car must-haves, safety shouldn’t go by the wayside. So, they’ve added this suite of safety features into every Subaru vehicle on the road and it has been found to reduce rear-end crashes with injuries up to 85%.
Additionally, all 2018 Subaru models that are equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology earned the top possible ratings for front crash prevention by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
This system works due to a set of color cameras that intelligently and unobtrusively scan the road for possible, unanticipated dangers. Then, it implements the needed technology and reacts when you can’t or wouldn’t even know to.
It basically adds another driver for extra safety and peace of mind each time you get on the road.
EyeSight Adaptive Cruise Control
If you’re on a long stretch of highway, cruise control is a nice feature to use as it keeps your vehicle driving at the same speed without your added work. All you have to do is safely steer. This technology, however, takes that to the next level.
With Adaptive Cruise Control, you select the distance you want to maintain from the vehicle ahead of you. Then, once engaged, it will do so by adjusting your speed as needed to keep you at your requested pace.
Now, you can stay with the flow of traffic without getting uncomfortably close to the vehicle in front of you. You’ll feel confident and in control when you use this feature, and stay safer than ever before.
EyeSight Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning
There are countless dark and curvy two-lane roads in the Pacific Northwest so it’s easy—especially when raining or snowing—to accidentally slip into the oncoming lane. And, while you may be the only one on the road, that could change at any moment.
This is when Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning come into play. Whether you find yourself trying to stay awake on the way home from an unexpected overnight shift or the elements are impeding your judgment, we know these moments occur and have implemented Subaru features to prevent and correct the occurrence.
Your Subaru, just like you, will watch for lane markings to determine if you are drifting. If it picks this up, the system will alert you with warning beeps. And, if you do not act quickly enough, it will even help you out by steering you back into the appropriate lane.
While this may be something you can do without, Subaru will be there for you the one time it matters most.
Each safety element in the new Subaru vehicles exist to anticipate danger before it arrives and pre-collision braking is just another component of this package. While we would like to think that we’re all good enough drivers and don’t need backup assistance, everyone could use an extra set of eyes sometimes.
When Pre-Collision Braking is engaged, it will alert you it’s about to help out and then apply the brakes. While similar systems can help slow you down too, Pre-Collision Braking can bring you to a complete stop if needed.
Not sure EyeSight is necessary? An IIHS study found that it reduced pedestrian-related insurance claims by 35%.
Pre-Collision Throttle Management
As a driver, your eyes should always be monitoring the road, but EyeSight is there to back you up. In the case of Pre-Collision Throttle Management, if your Subaru starts accelerating, but then begins to stop abruptly, it will reduce power to the engine and allow you to come to a full stop rather than accidently nudging the person’s bumper ahead of you.
This quick response by Subaru EyeSight gives you more time to recognize an issue and apply the brakes.
Pre-Collision Throttle Management may not always allow you to avoid a collision, but it will certainly reduce the impact force and damage should the situation become unavoidable.
Subaru wants you to have the most comfortable ride of your life when getting from place to place, but not at the cost of safety. At Subaru, it’s the people in the vehicles that come first.
But, if safety wasn’t reason enough to make sure your vehicle is equipped with EyeSight, how about saving money? In 2015, Americans who had a Subaru with EyeSight saved an average $200 through Liberty Mutual Insurance. Check with you car insurance provider and see if investing in EyeSight will save you money too.
Are you ready to find your perfect Subaru? Head over to your local dealership and ask for a test drive. And don’t be worried that EyeSight isn’t available on the vehicle you want. It comes standard on models ranging from the WRX to the Outback to the brand new 2019 Ascent.