You’d be surprised how cars are manufactured today – equipped with all the safety features to help you avoid crashes, and even if a crash becomes unavoidable, the car’s build will save you from being crushed inside or its enhanced strapping and cushioning features will make the impact less forceful.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has conducted a series of tests to determine just how safe cars are for passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, motorcycle riders, and bikers on the road. These tests include:
- Crashworthiness: cars will undergo performance tests to determine the strength and quality of roofs, head restraints, sides, small overlap fronts, and moderate overlap front
- Front crash prevention: this involves evaluation of the forward collision warning system and automatic braking in SUVs and cars
- Booster seat: this test is intended to determine how efficient and effective safety belts are, especially for children
These features, with the electronic stability control (which ensures drivers better control, especially of SUVs, to avoid rollover) and side airbags, are enhancements that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandated years ago. So, if you’re planning on buying your own car, never decide solely on how elegant it looks; make sure you evaluate its safety features as well.