The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is one of the best-selling pickups in the United States. A trusted workhorse for many, the Silverado 1500 is one robust and long hauling pickup truck. With a price starting at a shade over $30000, the Silverado 1500 comes in with lots of options and customization features. It gets three engine and powertrain options and multiple beds and cab options with various trim levels, and you can build it the way that best fits your purpose.
However, when people talk about pickup trucks, they generally focus on stuff like power, performance, hauling, and towing capacity, and safety often gets ignored. Safety is an important aspect to consider before buying not just a truck but any vehicle. We compiled this article to talk you through all the safety features and equipment offered with the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
What standout safety features make the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 safe?
Well, the 2021 Silverado comes equipped with lots of safety features and driver assistance features on board. We’ve listed a few standout features below-
Lane Departure Warning
The 2021 Silverado 1500 comes with a lane departure warning system that warns the driver while shifting lanes. This system comes in handy when the driver ignorantly shifts lanes and alerts her/him if the vehicle is vaguely shifting lanes.
Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection
The forward-collision warning system monitors the vehicle’s speed and the speed of the vehicle that’s right in front of it, plus the distance between the two vehicles. If both the vehicles get too close, the system warns the driver of a potential crash. The system also detects pedestrians jay-walking on the road and warns the driver of the same.
Forward Automatic Low-Speed and High-Speed Braking System
This system detects a potential low-speed or high-speed front-end crash and warns the driver of a potential crash, and if the driver doesn’t respond, it brakes automatically to prevent a crash.
Blind Zone Alert
The blind zone alert system uses ultrasonic or radar sensors on the side and rear of the truck. It lights up when it detects a car in the blind spot if the turn signal is flashing. This helps the driver in identifying a vehicle behind and prevents a possible collision.
The hitch guidance system is a driver assistance feature that helps the driver to navigate better when a trailer is attached to the truck. The hitch guidance system uses cameras on the trailer and projects the image to the driver in the cabin so that he/she can take precise turns while driving.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert System
The rear cross-traffic alert system warns of crossing vehicles at the back. It makes backing out of parking spaces easier when the rear view is obstructed.
Surround-View Parking Camera
The surround-view camera system uses multiple high-resolution cameras mounted on the truck to stitch and project an image of the truck that can be accessed from any desired angle. This system comes in handy while making tight turns or moving into tight parking spots.
Teen Driver Mode
The teen driver mode sets a speed limit on the truck and prevents your teen from driving at high speed. After the teen driver mode is turned off, the vehicle produces a report that details your teen driver’s driving style.
Trailer Stability Control Technology
The trailer stability control system monitors each wheel of the trailer’s slip and detects yaw in the trailer. This system prevents the trailer swing by correcting the wheel slip by either torque reduction or by engaging brakes on the wheel/s.
NHTSA and IIHS Ratings of the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The NHTSA and the IIHS are governmental organizations that crash test vehicles and develop a comprehensive report specifying the vehicle’s overall safety quotient. NHTSA and IIHS safety are a trusted source of finding out a vehicle’s safety features and safety standards.
The 2021 Chevrolet Silverado gets 4 and 5-star ratings in almost all the safety and crash tests conducted by the NHTSA, highlighting that the Silverado 1500 is a pretty safe truck.
The truck is made of high-tensile, heavy-duty steel that gives it better structural rigidity and strength, and the crash test results just show that. The IIHS also rates the Silverado 1500 ‘good’ in almost all its tests, and it gets ‘marginal’ or ‘poor’ ratings in only a few areas. Once again, the Chevy truck proves itself to be safe.
|Overall rating||4 star|
|Overall front rating||4 star|
|Front driver-side||4 star|
|Front passenger side||4 star|
|Overall side rating||5 star|
|Side barrier and pole front seat||5 star|
|Side barrier and pole rear seat||5 star|
|Driver side barrier||5 star|
|Side barrier rear passenger||5 star|
|Overall side pole||5 star|
|Rollover rating||5 star|
|Small overlap front: driver side||Good|
|Small overlap front: passenger side||Marginal|
|Moderate overlap front||Good|
|Head restraints and seats||Good|
|LATCH ease of use||Marginal|
|Structure and safety cage||Average|
|Driver injury measures||Good|
|Driver restraints and dummy kinematics||Good|
The list of safety features and equipment offered with the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is really impressive. Chevy has done a great job by offering these features with the Silverado 1500 itself and not reserving them for the bigger trucks like the Silverado 2500 and Silverado 3500.
Plus, it does well in the NHTSA and the IIHS, and that proves that Chevy is just not making tall claims about the truck’s safety quotient, and it indeed is a safe truck to drive in. The Silverado 1500 is perhaps the safest truck in the market, or at least it is the one with some of the most advanced safety features that you won’t find on any other truck of its size.
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