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AT SUZUKI

WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY

Whether you’re looking to buy a new Suzuki for your familybusiness, or to get around the city, we know that safety will be at the top of your priority list. We never compromise on safety, and our cars are kitted out with some of the latest tech to make sure you and your passengers are as safe as possible while on the road.

There are two main types of car safety technology. The first, Active Safety Systems, aim to prevent an accident from happening in the first place, by giving advance driver warnings or additional assistance in controlling the vehicle: for example, anti-lock braking systems and lane keeping technology. But sometimes accidents are unavoidable, and this is where Passive Safety Systems come into play. The purpose of this technology is to limit any potential damage or injury which could result following a car accident.

To find out more about the safety features on our vehicles, select the Suzuki model of your choice from our new cars page and then check out the key features and equipment checklist.

TYPES OF CAR

ACTIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS

Active safety systems are designed to prevent accidents from happening in the first place.

We have a wide range of active safety features available on our cars - below, we’ve outlined some of the features you might come across and what each one means.

It’s worth bearing in mind that all car manufacturers have different safety equipment in the vehicles in their range, and it can differ from model to model. Some car companies also give their safety features slightly different names.

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)

AEB systems typically use cameras, radar sensors or a combination of both to monitor the road ahead and detect potential crash hazards, such as other roads users or pedestrians. If a potential collision threat is spotted ahead, the system will typically flash a warning light or buzzer sound to alert the driver. Next, if the driver does not take action, and the risk of a collision is increasing, then the system has the ability to apply the brakes automatically to hopefully prevent a crash entirely or if a collision is unavoidable, to minimise damage.

Lane departure warning/ prevention

If an unintended lane departure is occurring (no indicator used), a lane departure warning system will alert the driver as a reminder to keep the car centered. This type of system uses a camera in the windshield which recognises and monitors the lane markings in the road.

Lane departure prevention then goes one step further and can actually steer the car itself away from the lane marking if it detects that you’re letting the car drift too far over.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Adaptive cruise control will automatically adjust the speed of the car to keep the right distance from the traffic ahead. As with normal cruise control you set the maximum speed, and then a radar sensor detects any vehicles in front and keeps you a pre-set distance behind.

Rear View Camera

The rear view camera is mounted on the back of the vehicle, and gives you a video view of what’s behind you. This is mainly used when reversing or manoeuvring in tight spaces, and can help to avoid any collisions caused by the rear blind spot.

Anti lock brakes (ABS)

An anti-lock braking system comes as standard on most modern cars. ABS prevents your wheels from locking up and helps them to maintain grip with the road following sudden braking. It’s part of a stability system called Electronic Stability Control, which uses sensors to monitor each wheel under heavy braking.

If the system detects a wheel stops moving and is about to lock up, it will release the brake briefly to avoid loss of grip. It will then repeatedly apply the right amount of braking force to each wheel individually to help keep control of the car.

Stability Control System

A Stability Control System helps you to keep control of the vehicle and builds on the capabilities of ABS. Many accidents occur due to a loss of control when cornering, especially at high speed, or when rapid evasive action is required. This can cause vehicles to slide or spin out of control, which can be hard to recover from. Stability Control helps individual wheels to regain stability in instances like this.

Traffic sign recognition

This feature uses a monocular camera to monitor the road ahead for traffic signs. When it recognises a traffic sign (such as speed limits or no passing zones), it will display the sign on the dashboard to help ensure a change to the speed limit, or the warning of an upcoming hazard ahead has not been missed. If you pass multiple signs, then they’ll usually all appear: typically, up to three signs can be displayed at the same time.

Hill hold control

Hill hold control makes hill starts easier and less risky. If the system detects the vehicle is at risk of rolling backwards on a slope for example, it will apply brake pressure and hold the car stationary, taking away the need for clutch control and enabling the driver to pull away without using the hand brake.

Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS)

The TPMS is designed to let you know when one or more of the tyres on your vehicle is under-inflated. A sensor, which is fitted inside every tyre to the back of the valve, transmits tyre pressure signals to a central receiver, and if one tyre has particularly low pressure then a warning light will appear on the dashboard.

PASSIVE CAR SAFETY SYSTEMS

Passive safety systems are designed to minimise injuries to you and your passengers if a collision happens. Some common examples are listed below.

Airbags

Airbags are also sometimes known as supplemental restraint systems (SRS). If you’re involved in a collision with enough force, airbags will automatically inflate to try to cushion you to avoid serious impact injuries. 

There are a few different types of airbag, which are usually located throughout the vehicle - including: side airbags, front airbags, inflatable seat belts, and knee airbags. Some vehicles also have curtain airbags, which deploy from the top of the door rails above the side window to protect your head.

Seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters

Seatbelt pretensioners automatically tighten the seatbelt to restrain you if your vehicle hits an obstacle: this stops you from being flung forward in the car. Force limiters help to minimise seatbelt injuries to the chest by reducing the force of the belt beyond a certain point.

Side impact protection beams

The side impact protection beams aim to protect you and any passengers by absorbing the energy created during a side-on collision. These are particularly important to lower the risk of serious injury if a smaller car is hit by a larger vehicle.

SUZUKI SAFETY

To find out more about the safety features on our vehicles, select the Suzuki model of your choice from our new cars page and then check out the key features and equipment checklist.