Stella Motoring Series: The 101 of Safety Features in Cars by Motoring Expert Elise Elliott

Their names are hard to keep straight, but they will keep you between the lines and even brake for you. And more tech is coming.

When buying a new car it’s easy to get bamboozled by so-called “specs”. There’s so much jargon it’s difficult to know what’s important: From cylinders, displacement, kilowatts, torque, transmission and cargo volume to turning circle. Throw in an array of acronyms — like ESC, ABS, AEB, LSS to BSM — and it’s no wonder many of us throw up our hands when purchasing a new vehicle, and say: “Whatevs. I’ll just buy the red car”.

It pays, however, to know your car’s safety features. They not only help you, the driver, survive a crash, but hopefully avoid one altogether.

So, here are some terms and tech you shouldn’t overlook when buying a new vehicle.

Video Series: The 5 Ways Flip The Script During Your Next Car Service

Ladies, have you even felt uncomfortable or felt overwhelmed during your car service? Don’t worry, us too! So this month for our Stella Expert Video Series we’ve entrusted our Motoring Expert Elise Elliott to give you the tips, tricks (and confidence) you need to ask all the right questions during your next service.

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Cropped shot of a young woman relaxing on the hood of her car on a road trip

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