8 Ways the Mercedes-Benz Metris Keeps You Safe

April 24th, 2016 by

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Over the last few decades, safety technologies like passive restraints, air bags and traction control systems slowly became standardized, and they’ve gone a long way towards reducing automobile accidents and making the highways safer for travel, but there is still room for improvement. With the advent of inexpensive sensors and powerful computer systems in the last few years, safety technology has advanced at incredible speeds, reducing some of the most common accidents, while saving lives and eliminating unnecessary injuries.

Mercedes-Benz has been at the forefront of this new boom in safety technology, and the Mercedes-Benz Metris mini-van offers an wide array of integrated safety systems, with most of them standard and a few available as options on select models.

The Mercedes-Benz Metris is available as both a passenger van, with seating for up to eight, and as a cargo van. Both are small enough to navigate crowded cities and efficient enough to save of fuel in the city or on the highway. It offers many great features for both passenger comfort and for driver assistance, and has class-leading interior space and cargo capacity.

Here are a few ways that the Mercedes-Benz Metris works to keep you, and your family, or your cargo, safe:

#1 Multiple Airbags

Since airbags have been introduced they have saved thousands, if not millions of lives. At first they were only available to the driver and the passenger, but many vehicles now support multiple airbags. The Mercedes-Benz Metris offers air bags for the driver and the front passenger, which protect against frontal impacts, and they are standard equipment in all models. It also comes standard with side-impact airbags for the driver and the front passenger, and some models feature optional front window airbags.

#2 Rear View Camera

With large vehicles, like vans or sport utility vehicles, it can be difficult to see if the area below the rear window is clear when reversing. In the past, this has resulted in unfortunate and avoidable accidents, not only to property, but also to small children or pets who cross the vehicle’s path. To prevent injuries and avoid property damage, the Mercedes-Benz Metris is available with an optional rear-view camera system that makes sure the path behind the vehicle is clear, guides the driver when reversing or parking, and reminds the driver to visually check the entire area behind the vehicle.

#3 Blind Spot Assist

One of the most difficult and dangerous operations on a busy highway is changing lanes or merging with highway traffic. No matter how well the mirrors in a vehicle are adjusted, there may still be blind spots in the driver’s field of vision where another vehicle is hidden. The Mercedes-Benz Metris features a Blind Spot Assist system that uses radar to detect vehicles in a driver’s blind spot. It then alerts the driver visually, with an indicator light located on the appropriate side mirror. This prevents the driver from impacting another vehicle, and other drivers from overreacting if another vehicle changes lanes unexpectedly.

#4 Lane Keeping Assist

It is quite easy to become distracted while driving, looking at the sights or changing the radio station. If the vehicle wanders out of lane while doing this, however, it can lead to an accident quite easily. The Mercedes-Benz Metris features an optional Lane Keeping Assist system, which monitors the lane markings on the road while traveling. If the vehicle begins to wander out of the lane, the system will warn the driver. This prevents the driver from having to make a hard correction, which can sometimes cause an accident, and prevents other drivers from overreacting to an encroaching vehicle.

#5 Attention Assist

Distracted driving is not the only possible problem on a long drive. Drowsy driving causes almost as many accidents as drunk driving does, and it is completely avoidable. The Mercedes-Benz Metris offers an Attention Assist system as a standard feature on all models. The system uses advanced computer algorithms to track the driving patterns of the operator, and if it detects that the driver is getting drowsy, it issues a warning and advises them to take a break. This protects the vehicle and its occupants, as well as other drivers.

#6 Electronic Stability Program

Changing road conditions make it hard to keep a vehicle under control, especially if it is loaded. Rain, ice, snow, and oil on the road can be dangerous in the wrong circumstances, leading to accident or injury. The Mercedes-Benz Metris offers an advanced traction control system, called the Electronic Stability Program, which is standard on all models. It is an automatic system that detects oversteer, understeer or wheelspin, while dynamically reducing engine power and simultaneously applying the brakes at individual wheels to maintain control in difficult situations. It is a load adaptive system, as well, meaning that it can automatically compensate for the number of passengers or amount of cargo that is being carried, changing its behavior accordingly. This keeps the vehicle firmly in contact with the road, and prevents accidents.

#7 Collision Prevention Assist

One of the most common accidents is rear end collision, where either a vehicle stops unexpectedly, or the driver in the following vehicle does not react quickly enough to a stopping vehicle. The Mercedes-Benz Metris offers an optional Collision Prevention Assist system, which warns the driver of an impending collision and applies extra power to the braking system to stop the vehicle quicker. This prevents rear-end collisions and unnecessary injuries.

#8 Crosswind Assist

High-profile vehicles, like vans or sport utility vehicles, can be hard to control on windy days. Crosswind assist, which is standard on the Mercedes-Benz Metris, helps to control the vehicle by dynamically adjusting engine power and braking the appropriate wheels to compensate for high crosswinds. This keeps the vehicle in the appropriate lane during high winds and prevents accidents.

Whether you are hauling cargo or people, the Mercedes-Benz Metris keeps you safe and prevents unnecessary accidents, as well as their physical and economic toll.

 

Sources:

http://www.mbvans.com/sprinter/commercial-vans/metris-cargo-van

http://www.mbvans.com/sprinter/commercial-vans/metris-passenger-van

http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdrowsydriving/

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