What’s The Safest Car For My Family?

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By Get Conversational July 8, 2014 18:11

What’s The Safest Car For My Family?

Safety on the road is most people’s number one concern when buying a new car, especially people with families and young children. We’ve all heard the statistics — most accidents happen within five miles of your home, you’re 250 times more likely to be in a car crash than a plane crash — but there are preventative measures we can take to ensure the most safety from point A to point B, and that starts with the vehicle you choose to drive.

SUVs are by far the safest category of vehicle to drive. The reason they are safer simply comes down to the laws of physics. When a bigger object collides with a smaller object, the latter is going to come out with the brunt of the damage. Not only are SUVs generally bigger, but more specifically, they are higher off the ground. That means that you and your passengers are elevated above a potential crash.

However, that’s not the whole story, as Consumer Reports explains: “In car vs. SUV head-on crashes, [a study] found that the odds of death were 7.6 times higher for the car driver than the SUV driver. In crashes where the car had a better front crash-test rating than the SUV did, the car’s driver fared a bit better but was still four and a half times more likely to die than the SUV driver.” So, what does that mean? It means that even if you aren’t in an SUV, some cars can still provide you with better safety than others. What are some of the best front crash-test rated cars that Consumer Reports mentioned?

European cars, in general, have great front crash-test ratings. In the “Small cars” category of the 2014 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award, the 2015 Volkswagen GTI and 2015 Volkswagen Golf were both winners. In the “Midsize luxury/near luxury cars” category, the 2015 Audi A3, 2014 BMW 2 series, and 2014 Volvo S60 were winners. The “Large luxury cars” category also had two European car winners in the 2014 Mercedes E class and the 2014 Volvo S80.

What makes these cars so safe? They all have a few common features: Side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags, front seat-mounted torso airbags, electronic stability control, built-in child restraints, antilock brakes, daytime running lights, a forward collision warning system, and high and low-speed autobrakes which kick in even if you aren’t paying attention.

Money will always be an issue when buying a car. One of the most important aspects to consider when thinking is this worth my money, is safety. Not only for when an accident actually does occur, but simply for the peace of mind knowing that if it does, you’re as prepared as you can be. We all need to get around and even though cars can be dangerous, automobile makers and coming out with safer and safer cars. Will you be getting one?


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