Choosing your vehicle isn’t often a quick decision. You want to make sure the car is affordable, you’re comfortable when driving it, and you’re going to want to know how safe it is in preventing car accidents or how it performs in the event of an accident.
While events beyond your control can cause an accident, the vehicle you’re driving may help reduce the severity of the damages regardless of the causes of the wreck. Let’s take a look at safety features in cars that help prevent collisions as well as some of 2019’s top choices for Missouri car buyers.
What Safety Features Should You Look For?
There are two types of safety features to think about when buying a car: active safety and passive safety. Active safety applies to what the car has that helps it avoid a collision. Passive safety covers how the car can keep its occupants safe in the event of a wreck.
One active safety feature is an anti-lock braking system (ABS). In the event of a collision, it’s a typical reaction to slam on the brakes. Before anti-lock brakes were invented, slamming on the brakes wouldn’t allow you to steer, so you couldn’t try and move your car in a safer direction. However, cars with an ABS allow you to take the “slam and steer” approach. You can hit the brakes and still move your steering wheel. This can be especially beneficial if you’re on slick road surfaces, like a snowy road in the winter.
Another active safety feature is an electronic stabilization program (ESP). This is for situations when you’re trying to steer a certain way, but your car isn’t going in that direction. The ESP will recognize this and take measures to get your car to go in the direction that you want it. This is done by stopping wheels on the car or cutting the throttle. Think of situations where the car is skidding and the driver over or understeers—that’s where this safety feature could possibly prevent a crash.
For passive safety features, you’re going to want to look at airbag systems and seat belts. These hold you in place and work on keeping you in the best position possible for when a crash occurs. They prevent you from moving—like ejecting through the windshield.
What Cars Are Considered the Safest?
One list to pay attention to when considering a car is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s list of safe car models. They take a few vital areas into consideration. They look at the quality of headlights, how the vehicle has done in crash performances, and the car’s collision-avoidance technology.
They already have picks for the current year. If other car manufacturers aren’t on the list but make improvements to their vehicles, then they can get on the list later in the year. Some cars you may be interested in could also be on this list.
For small cars, four manufacturers made the list: Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Subaru. The Honda Insight and Hyundai Elantra (those released after September 2018) were the only ones for those companies while the other two had multiple vehicles. The Kia Forte, Niro Hybrid, Niro Plug-In Hybrid, the Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza 4-Door Sedan, Impreza Wagon, and WRX all made the list. The safest small SUVs are the Hyundai Kona and Mazda CX-5. The safest midsize SUVs include the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Subaru Ascent, Acura RDX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.
Medium vehicles that are considered to be some of the safest include the Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Outback, Toyota Camry, Genesis G70, and Lexus ES. Larger cars include the Toyota Avalon (released after September 2018), BMW 5 series, Genesis G80, Genesis G90, Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4-Door Sedan.
The Law Office of Mike Campbell Provides Peace of Mind
No matter how safe your vehicle is, a negligent driver’s actions can cause significant damage no matter what. If you’ve been harmed because of a negligent driver, know that you can get justice.
The Law Office of Mike Campbell has years of experience in settling car accident cases. We’re proud to fight for the rights of those who have been wrongfully injured. A car wreck can completely turn one’s life upside down. Contact our office today for a free consultation where we can discuss your options.