The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a list of safe-driving tips for summertime, covering everything from a pre-trip safety checklist to what you should have in your emergency roadside kit. At our Oxford, Maine Buick dealership, we agree that safety out on the road is important. That’s why we’re excited about the advanced active safety features in two upcoming 2013 Buick models: the Verano sedan and the versatile Encore crossover.

Unlike passive safety systems – like seat belts and airbags – that are designed to protect drivers and passengers after a crash has occurred, an active safety system is created to help prevent a crash in the first place. In addition to the 2013 Verano’s standard Rear Vision Camera, the new Buick luxury compact will come with available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, both of which rely on radar sensors in the corner of the rear bumper to help drivers avoid collisions when changing lanes or backing out of a driveway or parking spot.

The 2013 Buick Encore will offer an optional Forward Collision Alert, which uses a forward-looking camera to give drivers an audible warning when a run-in seems likely. The model will also have an available Lane Departure Alert to let drivers know when they’ve crossed a lane marker without using a turn signal. Both alert systems can be turned off or on by the driver with a push of a button.

If you’d like to see what other safety features the new Buick Verano and Buick Encore – or any model in the Buick lineup – have available, drop by our Oxford, ME Buick dealer. We’re available to answer any questions you may have or to take you on a test-drive.