Safety on the road can be assured through safe driving practices. But as much as skill and experience are concerned when it comes to road safety, car features play an equally pivotal role. Keeping you and your family safe at all times while driving off to your next vacation getaway requires a meticulous pair of eyes and prudent investigation of a prospective vehicle. Here are four things to remember when looking for the safest family car on the market.
Crash Test Results
Good scores on your prospective vehicle’s crash tests signal better reliability on the road. And in the unfortunate event that you do get involved in a crash, personal injury and property damage are minimized. Look for a safety rating of “Good” or better from companies that crash test these vehicles or aggregate information from companies who do. Sections that are tested include Front Moderate Overlap, Small Overlap, Side Impact, and Roof.
Frontal crashes are the most common type of crashes drivers encounter, the second one being side crashes. While they do only come in second, side crashes are actually the most likely to result in deaths. Thus, it’s only a smart decision to buy a vehicle that comes with side airbags in the driver’s seat as well as parallel to every passenger seat. Moreover, body airbags parallel to the front passenger seat adds an additional layer of protection for frontal crashes. Side airbags that protect both the head and body can significantly increase the likelihood of surviving a fatal collision.
Electronic Stability Control
Vehicles with Electronic Stability Control improve the level of safety by minimize the chances of losing control or skidding following a sharp turn. It does so by giving individual tires a braking force, which keeps them in sync with the steering wheel. The safety feature mimics the decades-old ABS feature, but with a multi-directional property added into it.
Check Reliable Sources
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, IIHS.org, was started in 1959 by three big insurance companies who were interested in knowing the safety of different vehicles they insured for customers. IIHS is only one of the many organizations that grade vehicles based on their safety ratings.
Safety of your family, friends, and other passengers should come as the topmost priority when picking vehicles. Price, leg space, and dashboard features also play an undeniably important role to your driving experience, but safety easily eclipses them all.