I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Seriously though, I like to keep things upbeat while keeping you informed about how to take care of your current car or find your next amazing automobile here at Hertz Car Sales. But it’s come to our attention that a situation is forming around us… traffic accidents are occurring at an increased rate, 8% to be exact (thanks Motor Trend).

Automotive safety technology is continuing to advance, but at the same time we’re continuing to be more distracted. More distracted by continued developments is smartphone technology, like Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and yes, especially the exponentially growing adoption of PokemonGO. When we’re faced with this level of distracting media, automotive technology has a long way to go to keep up.

Tesla recently made news with their recent autopilot accident that occurred in early May. The gentleman in the driver’s seat engaged the car’s autopilot feature and took his attention away from the road. I leave out details on purpose because you can simply Google the latest news on this accident to find out what’s evolving in this autopilot incident. I bring it up to make sure everyone understands that the idea of autonomous driving is still a ways off from where we are now.

Automotive safety technology is currently intended to assist the engaged driver, meaning that it’s there to back up the information or decisions of the driver that is actively driving. It’s not there to be your primary eyes on the road, only your secondary eyes.

Let’s get a little more upbeat then now that we’ve cleared the air on autopilot, autonomous driving, etc. Here’s some models in the Hertz Car Sales lineup that include terrific safety assist features.

2015 Buick Verano
The Buick Verano is a staple in the modern Buick lineup. Verano is synonymous with Camry and Mazda6 in the midsize market. And rightfully so, because the Buick Verano is just as equipped, expertly styled and well-appointed as these other models in the same vehicle class. Buick Verano comes with the latest safety features, such as lane departure warning and blind spot detection, safety features designed to protect you from a 21st century traffic threat.

2015 Mercedes-Benz C300
Mercedes-Benz is one of the leaders in automotive safety, even if they don’t actively advertise it all of the time. This C300 comes with one of my favorite features, forward collision prevention assist, which helps you in a potential rear-ender situation.

All of these great features are working towards a common goal, collision avoidance, and while they may not be cohesively implemented, you should consider purchasing a vehicle with these features implemented, because having these features is much better than not having these features.

Categories: Used Rental Cars
Tags: Safety, News
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