Understanding Car Safety Rating: A Driver's Guide

by AutoExpert   |  6 February, 2024

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Most drivers come to a moment when they ask themselves: is my car really safe? We’ve decided to shed some light on it and help everybody understand car safety.

All About Car’s Safety Score:

The guys at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) are the ones testing all sorts of car models, challenging their declared safety features with simulated crashes so that we understand how much protection the people inside the car get. Their websites are filled with information, so feel free to scroll’em.

Tip: Next time you’re at a dealership, check the NHTSA score window sticker—that's instantly understanding the safety rating. 

Car Safety Rating


What’s Behind the Rating?

Both the NHTSA and IIHS have their own crash test carnivals, but they’re both aiming to figure out the same thing: how good is your car at keeping you safe? They look at how cars handle getting smacked around from the front, side, and even how they do in a rollover. The NHTSA dishes out stars (five is a standing ovation), while the IIHS grades from Good to Poor. Snagging a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS is like your car winning an Oscar.

Car Safety Rating

Safety Features You Gotta Know:

Obviously, every modern car comes with airbags and seatbelts, with some of them coming with extra safety features. Technology's progress has brought into our lives many accident-preventing extras, like automatic braking or alerts when the driver’s about to go into a pole.These extras are definitely worth a look.

FAQs: Quick Hits:

Which cars are the safety champions? Look out for names like Volvo, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, and Tesla. SUVs often score well too, thanks to their size and built-in tech.

Any cars with a bad rep for safety? In the US, all cars have to meet certain safety standards, so you’re unlikely to find new cars with terrible ratings. But older models? That’s a mixed bag.

What’s a good safety rating? Aim for 4 or 5 stars from the NHTSA, and look for Good ratings from the IIHS. Red flags? Literally, if the IIHS marks something as Poor, that’s a red flag.

Car Safety Rating

This is your a down-to-earth rundown on keeping you safe on the roads. Remember, knowing your car's safety rating isn’t just about ticking a box; it’s about making sure every trip you take is as safe as can be. Drive safe, friends!
 

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