The Evolution of Car Safety Ratings
Agencies That Rate Vehicle Safety
Currently, NHTSA does a lot more than award car safety ratings based on crash tests: its mission is "to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce traffic-related health care and other economic costs."
The IIHS is a non-profit organization funded by the Insurance Industry. It programs cover everything from child car seats to research innovations like the "small overlap frontal crash test" to determine the effects of hitting a tree or light pole.
Consider Safety Before Buying
- Look for a car that is a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS and also has at least a 4-star rating from the NHTSA.
- Think beyond miles per gallon. Smaller, lighter cars can be gas savers. Make sure they have the safety features in place to be life savers too.
- Before buying a used vehicle, check the NHTSA's website to make sure there are no recalls for that year make and model. If you do find a recall, make sure it has been addressed before you take the car on the road.
- Consider looking up a used car's accident history too. If repairs aren't done correctly, they can compromise the safety systems of the vehicle.
Another thing to consider is whether you are covered should an accident occur. You want a company that will make sure repairs are done correctly and get you back on the road quickly. Call one of our friendly agents at 1-800-INFINITY to discuss your options for an auto insurance policy or visit our website for a free quote.
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