When thinking of technology for a new car, you may be thinking of satellite radio or other features for entertainment. This can certainly enhance your experience when driving, but it's good to think of how your car's technology can also increase your safety. Many safety features in a car's technology are somewhat standard today but some are optional, so you might want to consider them carefully and note if you can have them included when you're ready to buy a new car.

1. Voice-activated GPS with alerts

Your GPS system can keep you safe on the road by ensuring you know where you're going and don't get lost, and today's systems can even tell you about traffic jams ahead and give you an alternate route. For added safety, you might consider a GPS with weather alerts so you know to adjust for slippery pavement and reduced visibility. A voice-activated GPS can also be the safest option, as this means not having to take your eyes off the road those direction and alerts.

2. Remote locking and unlocking

Being able to lock and unlock your car remotely, meaning from your computer, smartphone or tablet, can ensure it's secure even if you forgot to lock it. This also means not fumbling with your keys or needing to be close enough to unlock it with your key fob; this type of technology can even allow you to start your car with your phone so it's warmed up and ready to go the moment you step inside. These features can keep you safe if you're parked in an unfamiliar part of town or are the last person to leave your office parking lot at night.

3. Collision notification

Consider having automatic collision notification added to your car's technology; this alerts authorities about a collision for you so you don't need to reach for your phone after an accident. This type of notification can also have emergency services patched into your car's technology so they can actually contact you while you're still in your car; if you don't respond, an ambulance is automatically dispatched.

4. Side cameras

Rearview cameras are somewhat standard for many cars today, but side cameras that give you a full view of your car can add to your overall safety. Not only can you avoid a potential collision but you can also be alerted if anyone is approaching your car when you're stopped at a traffic light or stop sign. You can then quickly respond and reduce your risk of suffering a carjacking or other such crime.