No matter how clean your driving record may be, an accident can be just around the bend. While driving well and paying attention can make any accident less severe, the best defense is to have a safe car. Through national standards developed by the government and independent institutes, cars are put to the test to see if their safety features work as well as automakers claim. When shopping for a car, it is important to understand how these rankings work. At Steve Landers Collision Center in Little Rock, we want to keep you as safe as possible, so we have broken down the safety rating system so you can know what you are getting when purchasing a new car.
How they Work: Crash safety ratings require more than just sending a vehicle into a wall and seeing how it turns out. Every year scientists at crash safety institutes update their formulas based on the newest technology and create tests that simulate wrecks that range from head-on collisions to complete rollovers. With crash test dummies in the front seat, researchers can simulate human injuries in accidents. Compiling all the data, cars are given ratings based on the state of the vehicle and the dummy inside.
IIHS: One of the most widely recognized, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiles one of the most extensive lists of crash data on vehicles ranging from micro cars to full-size trucks. Testing the crashworthiness and crash avoidance of vehicles, the IIHS releases a list of Top Safety Picks every year, showing which vehicles are most likely to handle accidents the best or prevent one altogether. With the criteria for making the list becoming more difficult every year, the IIHS works not only to inform consumers about vehicle safety but also encourage automakers to build safer cars. See their ratings here.
NHTSA: Established in 1970 by the National Highway Act, the NHTSA is a government agency that is tasked with making the roadways a safer place. As part of their mission, the agency compiles their own list of crash test ratings. With ratings for cars from 1990 to now, the ratings are composed of different crash situations with the ratings ranging from 0 to 5 stars. Unlike the IIHS, the NHTSA ratings are provided for every vehicle at the dealership. Creating more stringent ratings, the NHTSA also actively works to encourage automakers to create safer vehicles. See their ratings here.
If you have been in a wreck and need repairs, let us know! At Steve Landers Collision Center, we want to get you back to the blacktop as fast as possible. With factory trained technicians, we will return your car to manufacturer specifications and work with your insurance to get your car fixed with as little hassle as possible. Stop by the shop, give us a call at (501) 703-0276, or fill out our online form to get started. Experience the Steve Landers difference today!
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