| Hakim Hayat |
CRASH protection features equipped in modern cars today play an important role in minimising the impact of collisions by providing greater levels of injury protection to drivers and passengers in the event of car crashes, vehicle specialists said in a seminar on road safety yesterday.
The final day of the National Road Safety Seminar 2014 held at the Insitut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) yesterday saw speakers from three top automobile dealers in the country talking about aspects of vehicle safety which revolves around the seminar’s theme, “Our Strive towards Safer Systems”.
According to Mohd Mashairee bin Mohd Latip from Setia Motors Sdn Bhd, crash-prevention features such as the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESP) equipped in many vehicles in the country are vital in minimising or preventing road accidents. “If we look at tyre skid marks on roads following an emergency braking process, it can tell authorities of whether a vehicle has an ABS system or not,” he said.
In panic situations, drivers will be forced to abruptly hit their brake pedals, but with an ABS system present, Mohd Mashairee said the vehicle will systematically come to halt and drivers will not lose control of the vehicle.
He highlighted that drivers must be familiar with the five main impacts an ABS system has in preventing a collision, which are providing the maximum braking system when required; stabilising the vehicle during an emergency stop; maintaining steering-control; reducing the distance of emergency stops and minimising tyre wear.
Mohd Mashairee also explained more on the ESP system, which is a safety component that functions by stabilising the vehicle when it loses control in wet road conditions and during emergency braking.
“The system allows the wheels to be individually controlled to ensure the driver has optimum control of the vehicle while cornering,” he added.
In the second session of the seminar, Roberto F Cruz Jr from NBT (B) Sdn Bhd elaborated on passive vehicle safety features, such as the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) which is designed to supplement the seatbelt and airbag system as well as improve occupant protection in certain types of crashes.
He also highlighted that proper usage of seatbelts and being seated in the right position also play an important role in giving optimum protection to drivers and passengers during car accidents.
He also stressed the importance for the public to understand that there are many instances that prevent airbag systems from being deployed, such as collisions outside 30 degrees of the car’s side; collision with objects such as street lights that absorbs the impact; rolled-over vehicles and serial collisions.
He also stressed that other habits that need be eradicated are leaving infants or children on the front passenger seat, leaning on car doors and placing any of their body parts outside the vehicle’s window while the vehicle is moving.
The final session during the seminar saw Ho Wei Kong from Boustead Sdn Bhd elaborating on comfort driving technologies available today, which helps reduce stress and fatigue driving.