These Little-Known Pickup Truck Features Could Save Your Life

Written by Jim Belt in Trucks

Picture this: a truck that turns into a superhero when the going gets tough.

From built-in tire compressors in the beds of electric trucks to inflatable slides like those on an airplane, today's trucks are equipped with features that could make a dire difference.

They sneak in under the guise of cool tech but could double as tools of survival. These innovative components may not wear capes, but in the event of an emergency, they could certainly save the day.

1. Blind Spot Monitoring: Making Sure Your Truck's No "Blind Bat"

Blind Spot Monitoring is the technological equivalent of having eyes in the back of your head—or in this case, the sides of your truck. It alerts you when another vehicle is lurking in your blind spot, ensuring you don't accidentally make a move that could end in a less-than-ideal car ballet performance. It's like having a vigilant co-pilot who's obsessed with rearview mirrors.

2. Lane Keeping Assist: Because Even Trucks Need a Nudge Now and Then

Ever drifted off—mentally, not physically—and found yourself veering slightly off course? That's where Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) steps in, gently steering you back into your lane, like a friend who subtly points out you've got something in your teeth before you head into a job interview. It's the nudge you need when you're momentarily distracted by the world's beauty—or a particularly fascinating billboard.

3. Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Keeping Your Ride Smooth and Safe

Nothing deflates a road trip like a... well, deflated tire. Enter the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), your truck's way of whispering, "Psst, your tires need a puff of air." By alerting you to changes in tire pressure, TPMS helps prevent blowouts and ensures your truck is always wearing its shoes snugly, ready to tackle any adventure you throw its way.

4. Emergency SOS Feature: Like Hitting the "Oh No!" Button

Got a truck that's decided to take a swim with you inside? The Emergency SOS Feature is your silent alarm, swiftly dialing 911 when things go seriously south. It's not a magical escape hatch, but it's the next best thing: a fast-track ticket for the cavalry to come charging to your rescue. Picture hitting an "Oh No!" button that brings help speeding your way, even if you're all thumbs in a crisis.

5. Rescue Me Tool: Your Glass-Shattering Sidekick in a Pinch

When your truck's taking an unexpected dive and the windows decide to play Fort Knox, the Rescue Me Tool is your knight in shining armor—or, in this case, your keychain-sized savior. This compact gadget is the hero you never thought you'd need, capable of shattering windows with a tap and cutting through seatbelts like butter. It's like having a mini superhero attached to your keys, ready to bust you out faster than you can say "escape artist." So, if you're ever in a watery pickle, remember: this little tool's got your back, turning an impenetrable glass barrier into your exit door to safety.

6. Multi-angle Rearview Camera: Because Your Truck's Rear Deserves a Photoshoot Too

Parallel parking a truck can sometimes feel like trying to thread a needle while wearing boxing gloves. That's where the multi-angle rearview camera comes in, giving you a panoramic view of what's behind you. It's like having a personal photographer who specializes in making your truck's rear look good from every angle, ensuring you slip into that parking spot smoother than a gossip into a juicy story.

7. Automatic Emergency Braking: Trucks That Can Scream "Watch Out!" in Brake Language

Imagine if your truck could foresee danger and react faster than you could say, "Oh, fudge!"—but with less family-friendly wording. That's Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) for you. It's like having a superhero sidekick that's always on high alert, ready to slam the brakes when an unexpected obstacle appears out of nowhere, like a rogue shopping cart or a ninja squirrel.

8. Adaptive Cruise Control: Your Truck's Way of Saying, "I Got You, Buddy"

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) isn't just a fancy way for your truck to take the wheel metaphorically; it's like having a co-pilot who's really good at reading the room—or the road, in this case. ACC adjusts your speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, making it perfect for those long hauls when you're lost in thought, pondering the mysteries of the universe, like why we park on driveways and drive on parkways.

These features might fly under the radar, but they're the unsung heroes ready to leap into action. So, the next time you're behind the wheel, remember: it's not just a truck; it's a veritable Swiss Army knife on wheels, equipped with all the gadgets you need to tackle the road less traveled—with a little flair and a lot of safety.