Whenever you are behind the wheel, you know how important it is to get from one location to another in a safe manner.

Have you ever taken time to think about what automakers are doing these days to make your ride as safe as possible?

Given the responsibility automakers have, they can’t build autos that are not safe.

So, how safe do you feel your ride is each time out?

There is No Margin for Error with Consumer Safety

Each auto that rolls down the assembly line for its final testing must meet the highest of standards. To do otherwise would be a disservice to consumers, along with putting them in harm’s way.

Over time, automakers have added many different safety features. Some of these most consumers may not even notice at first glance, but they’re in the vehicles nonetheless.

Among some of the key ones:

1. Backup camera – The backup camera can do wonders for cutting down on accidents. It also protects pedestrians, bike riders and more at the same time. If you do not know, the backup camera system works to make it safer when you go in reverse. If you are backing out of a parking lot or even your own driveway, can you always see everything going on behind you? If you’re honest, chances are the answer is no. That camera allows you to see both moving and stationery objects. As such, you have a better chance of stopping before striking someone or something. If your vehicle does not have a camera, you may consider getting one installed for your dashboard.

2. Lane-departure alerts – As important as a backup camera is, so too is a lane-departure alert. The system works by alerting you that you’ve begun drifting into another lane. Whether not paying attention or you began to fall asleep, such a departure from your lane can lead to a mishap. With the alert going off, you have time to correct yourself and get your vehicle back within your own lines.

3. O-rings and automotive safety – Pause and think about O-rings and automotive safety. If you do not know how big a role these devices play in the operation of a vehicle, do the research. O-ring seals are in position to help with your hoses, pumps, filters, valves and much more. When you stop to put gas in your vehicle know the rubber seals are at work. The bottom line is those seals are keeping your vehicle running and you as safe as can be. The alternative is your vehicle breaks down or you’re in an accident and your safety could be in jeopardy.

In paving the way for safety, automakers will continue to do what's necessary to get you home safe and sound.

In the meantime, it is worth your time to go online and also read different automotive periodicals.

Doing so will help you become better acquainted with road safety.

When everyone practices safe driving, everyone wins.