Does Your Car Have An SOS Button?

Sun 10th Apr 2022

Motorists across the UK may have lifesaving equipment installed in their vehicle without even knowing about it, or how it works.

All vehicles built since April 2018 have had to have an SOS button installed in their vehicle, usually found near the top of their windscreen or on their steering wheel. 

The technology allows drivers to speak directly to emergency operators should they be involved in an accident whilst the eCall system will automatically send your vehicle’s location to 999 operators. The tech is so advanced that it will instantly trigger a 999 call should your airbags become activated, and it can also be manually activated by pressing the button.

As an alternative to trying to locate your phone in the event of an accident the eCall system is both efficient and effective, however, a survey by National Highways has revealed that very few drivers even know they have the technology installed.

Mel Clarke, Customer Services Director at National Highways, said: “Safety is our priority at National Highways.

"The emergency call (eCall) system and its SOS button could save lives and revolutionise road incident response on the roads, yet our research shows that most people do not know about it.

"I urge drivers to check if they have this safety feature installed, particularly if your vehicle was manufactured since April 2018, and to follow our advice about how and when to use it.”

Mike Hawes, Chief Executive at Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said: “SMMT is pleased to be working with National Highways to build greater awareness and understanding of the emergency call (eCall) system its SOS button functions in vehicles.

"This initiative is vitally important to inform and remind consumers of their cars’ additional safety measures including the ability to call for assistance in times of trouble.”