The Effect Of Improvement In Technology On Cars In The 21st Century

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Ahmad Skaikay Comparison/Contrast: Researched AssignmentDecember 2, 2013EN 101The Effect of Improvement in Technology on Cars in the 21st CenturyOn a cold, rainy Saturday morning, the road was full of water from two days of continuous rain. The road's drains were overflowing. My mom, my younger sister and I left for the airport at around 6:00 a.m. All the cars on the road were driving slowly, and the fog made it almost impossible for our driver to see the road. My mom and my sister had a flight to Lebanon at 10:00 a.m. that day and I had gone with them to the airport to help them with their bags.The traffic on the road to the airport was terrible and the car in front of us was spraying water on our windshield. It was a narrow road but our driver was impatient, so he moved to the incoming lane to try to overtake the car. There was a car coming on the other lane with full speed. Our driver quickly branched into an exit but the incoming vehicle still hit the rear end of our car. Our car lost control and spun around as it came to a stop when the axle ripped off. I pushed the airbags away from my face, opened the door and helped my mom and sister out of the car. There was a little damage to the rear end of our car, it was a 2010 Jeep; the other car, which was a 1980 Corvette, was upside down and almost completely damaged but luckily no one died. As I called my dad to tell him what had happened, I realized how thankful we should be for the development of modern car safety. When talking about cars now and fifty years ago or more, they may be similar-they all have wheels, run on power from an engine, take you were you want to go and they're all called cars. But when we consider their safety, their performance and much more, they are completely different.Modern car safety has advanced over the past years, with improvement in the car's body work, airbag system and brake systems. The cars are now built with lighter but stronger materials, making the cars crashworthy. Modern vehicles have front structures designed to absorb crash energy and keep intrusions away from the occupant compartment. Front crash prevention systems include functional features such as forward collision warning and auto brake, which cause the car to brake on its own when it detects an obstacle ahead to avoid or reduce the impact of a crash. Also, the airbag technology may be old but it has improved to face the increased hazards in accidents. Nowadays cars are fitted with steering wheel airbags and side curtain airbags to protect drivers from forward or sideways movement in case of an accident. Computer friendly cars being built now are also an important step in improving driver safety. Technology like rear-view camera (which makes it easier to see behind the car) and reverse backup sensors (which beep if you're about to collide with something when reversing) are great aids to drivers. Cars fifty years ago didn't have these technologies and the body work was not designed to withstand...

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