For many, safety is one of the biggest priorities when choosing a vehicle. The road poses many hazards, and drivers feel more secure knowing that their pick can handle them. There are a few factors to look at when assessing whether a vehicle meets your safety criteria.
- Crash test results. The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) releases annual reports that provide crash test results for a variety of vehicles. Not only can you look at individual results for vehicles you’re interested in, you can also view Top Safety Picks, which might point you in the direction of your next purchase.
- Safety features. Today’s vehicles come loaded with safety features. Some things to look for include anti-lock brakes, an excellent restraint system, multiple airbags, daytime running lights and other features that enhance safety.
- On-the-Road Characteristics. Is the vehicle you’re looking at known for frequent rollovers? Do people tend to drive the make/model too fast? Look at what characteristics make a safe vehicle, and aim toward picking a one that fulfills those.
- Structure. Look at the overall structure, size and weight of a vehicle. All will play a role in its safety.
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