When shopping for a new vehicle, safety is usually a top priority. After all, you want to know your purchase will keep you and your family protected on the road. If you’re wondering what safety features to look for, these tips may help guide your search.
Ask about crashworthiness. Well-designed automobiles lower the chances of death or serious injury in an accident. Talk to an AutoNation sales Associate to learn more.
Read reports. As you research, remember valuable resources like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The NHTSA publishes safety ratings on its Web site. The IIHS also reports on various safety issues and crashworthiness ratings.
Check size and weight. Scientifically speaking, lighter, smaller cars don’t hold up as well in a crash as their heavier, larger counterparts. Your risks of being seriously hurt are higher in a smaller vehicle.
Brakes. Anti-lock brakes can help you retain control of your vehicle if you’re on slippery ice or in other risky conditions. Sometimes, conventional brakes can send your car into a dangerous skid.
Airbags. Airbags can prevent you from striking dangerous car parts in a crash. Side airbags in particular may guard your chest and head against injury.
Look for technological advances. It’s not just about seatbelts anymore. Electronic features on automobiles now make your driving safer. For instance, Lane Departure Warning features alert motorists when they are drifting too much on the road. Daytime running lights (headlines that turn on whenever the vehicle is running) have been shown to reduce the risk of daytime crashes, too.
Remember, even the best car safety features aren’t everything. Practice safe driving habits and teach them to young drivers in your family for a great driving experience.