If you are in the market for a new or used vehicle there is probably a lot going through your mind. You are probably hoping you do not get ripped off, get a good interest rate, and hope the car is trouble free years to come. These are all valid points to consider when going through the car buying process. However, I would strongly implore you to try and get a car with automatic emergency braking.

What is AEB? (Automatic emergency braking) –¬†AEB is an advanced system usually located within the front grille of a car that uses millimeter wave radar to sense objects in front of you. If the sensor notices an object quickly approaching, it will then send an alert to the driver to press the brakes. If the driver is unable to react in time, the system may then apply brake pressure to avoid or lessen the severity of the accident.

You May Save Money On Insurance – Due to the decreased likelihood of an accident, insurance companies understand that it is only fair to lower the cost of coverage. Having AEB is like having an extra set of eyes at all times.

You Might Save Someone’s Life – If you are someone that gets distracted easily then this feature is imperative for you. My 2017 Camry has AEB equipped and it has saved my butt a few times. I recall one time when someone blew a stop sign and I almost took them out. I wrongfully assumed they would stop (as it is the law). Next thing I knew the car was alerting me with sounds and alarms to stop immediately. Their Dodge Neon would not have stood a chance.

It’s Actually Very Affordable – This advanced safety sounds expensive but its surprisingly cheap. For example, back in 2017, Toyota made this feature STANDARD on all Corolla and Rav4 models. You can now get these cars preowned for a significantly discounted price. Not a fan of Toyota? No problem, many other manufacturers followed Toyota’s footsteps and the feature is widely available.

Other features to consider are lane departure alert, blind spot monitor, automatic high-beams, and radar cruise control. All of which will decrease your likelihood of an accident.