Manitoba Public Insurance


Even good drivers make mistakes.

Driver-assist safety features can help!

Welcome to a new era of vehicle safety

In-vehicle driver-assist safety features are rapidly becoming a ‘must have’ in new car vehicle safety ratings and many will eventually become standard in new vehicles (just like airbags). Driver-assist technology can detect potential collisions and help to avoid a crash. It can protect your family’s safety, and save you the cost and inconvenience of an at-fault collision claim.

When you are looking to purchase a vehicle, Manitoba Public Insurance encourages you to consider the safety features outlined below. Keep in mind that various manufacturers may call these technologies by different names. Options may work differently or have varying capabilities, depending on the vehicle’s manufacturer. A little research always pays off.

Whether you buy, lease or rent a vehicle, take the necessary time to learn how to get the most from these features. Keeping exposed sensor areas clean will help them work best – consult your manual for more information. Most importantly, remember that these safety features are no substitute for an alert driver. Always pay attention and drive safe!

For more information

See additional video information on specific features. Note that these links take you outside the Manitoba Public Insurance website:

Additional information is available on several independent, authoritative sites. Note that these links take you outside the Manitoba Public Insurance website:

Transport Canada: advanced vehicle technology

Transport Canada sets safety standards for the design, construction and importation of the many types of motor vehicles that share our roads. This site provides detailed information on the many new vehicle safety features available in Canada.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes. The IIHS site provides easy-to follow information on how crash-avoidance features work, and outlines the features available by vehicle make. is a U.S. campaign to educate drivers on new vehicle safety technologies. The site explains 40 individual safety features, and includes a series of fun and informative videos.

Consumer Reports - Cars with Advanced Safety Systems provides a detailed list of cars with features that help drivers avoid or mitigate collisions.