Buying A New Vehicle Safety Tips You Need to Know

Posted on August 22, 2013 by

WHAT MAKES A VEHICLE SAFE: What to Look For

It is going to happen sooner or later. As much as we may love our current vehicle, the truth is that it isn’t going to last forever and it will have to be replaced. So when you find yourself in the market for a new (or used) car, truck or mini-van, the following tips help highlight what we should look for to ensure that the vehicle is safe, just in case an accident happens.

  • Air Bags – Since their requirement in 1999, airbags have been responsible for saving thousands of lives each year. But despite their significant life benefits, side airbags are not required in either the front or rear sections of the car. When it comes to airbags, the more the better. In fact, some SUVs also offer rollover airbags or airbag curtains that help prevent injury as a result of a rollover accident by keeping the occupants-who are often not wearing seatbelts-in place.

  • Electronic Stability Control – Research shows that accidents often happen when a driver loses control of their vehicle while either turning or braking. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a safety feature that detects and automatically prevents or helps recover from skids. ESC is so effective, by 2012, the US Government has mandated all new cars must be equipped with some form.
  • Crash Testing Comparisons – Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) maintain websites that list the results of crash tests performed to many models. The information gathered from the “crash test dummies” is indispensable when it comes to protect your family and loved ones.
  • Roof Structure Integrity – 25% of all fatal and catastrophic injuries occur when a vehicle rolls-over. It is important to research the strength of the roof’s structure of any vehicle you may purchase to ensure it fits within safety guidelines. The IIHS website is valuable for many of this information.

Manufactures are increasingly making vehicles safer and safer. However, this is not to say that every new or used car falls within acceptable safety guidelines. It is up to us individually to do the necessary research to make sure any potential vehicle is safe and ready to roll.

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