Understanding Vehicle Safety Ratings

 
Icy roads, careless drivers, and simple human error can all cause tension behind the wheel, but a safer car can help ease your mind. Better construction and a host of safety features mean that cars are safer now than they’ve ever been, but if you’re looking for the best of the best luxury cars in New England, the dealerships of Lyon-Waugh Auto Group and the safety ratings from agencies like the IIHS and NHTSA make your job easier.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an arm of the US government that advises on safety research, investigates safety concerns, and evaluates vehicle safety. Its research is complemented by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a nonprofit organization funded by the insurance industry. The latter’s research lowers insurance premiums and keeps cars safer thanks to their extensive research and crash testing. 

The NHTSA assigns ratings of one to five stars in a number of categories, including rollover safety, frontal crash, and side crash. Those individual ratings are then aggregated for an overall score. While the NHTSA doesn’t evaluate active safety technology, they do suggest that drivers opt for cars that offer common features like a backup camera and lane departure warning. 

The IIHS rates cars’ crashworthiness in small and moderate overlap front, side, rollover, rear, and head restraint tests. The top score is “Good,” and if a vehicle earns all “Good” marks and has front crash prevention, it may earn a Top Safety Pick. If the same vehicle has advanced active safety features and aces its crash tests, it may earn a Top Safety Pick Plus. 

Because we know how important safety is to the Boston area drivers we serve, we invite you to visit the dealerships of the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group for answers to your safety questions.

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