Cars driven by our parents and grandparents were often enormous conglomerations of steel, chrome, and glass that seemed to be impervious to damage because of their huge size and immense weight. In reality, they were more dangerous that the automobiles we drive today because often the cars they collided with were also very large and there was not a lot of attention paid by manufacturers to safety during the design stage of building new cars. Many cars didn’t even have seat belts. Back them it was all about style, chrome, and color.
Today the automobile industry uses many advanced technologies to include safety features such as:
- Shatter-resistant glass
- Airbags – Front and Side
- Forward Advanced Crash Warning
- Anti-lock Brakes
- Traction Control
- Electronic Stability Control
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Blind Spot Warning
- Lane Departure Warning
- Active Head Restraints
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Click here to see the list) has rated cars for safety and published their list of the best-rated vehicles including small passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks. There are many very affordable cars on the list and it’s a very good idea to consider safety ratings when shopping for a new vehicle.
Of course, the safest car in the world isn’t safe if the driver is not conscientious about obeying traffic laws. Please never text and drive or drink and drive!
If you have been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident and you’re not sure what to do, we are here to help. Call us 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006.