Top Ten Tips For Buying A Safe Car
So you want to buy a safe car to buy and don’t know where to begin. Well, today’s your lucky day! Here are ten super awesome tips for buying a safe car brought to you by Sacramento chiropractor, Dr. Jeri Anderson of Capitol Chiropractic:
- Look for features that improve the car’s ability to sustain impact and keep you safer in car crashes, such as airbags: front, side and side-curtain and anti-whiplash seats (Volvo and Saab have been pioneers in this area) .
- Look for features that lessen your chances of getting in a car crash in the first place, such as: anti-lock brakes (ABS), all wheel drive, crash warning sensors, electronic stability programs (ESP) and high intensity output headlights.
- Understand vehicle size characteristics: on average, larger, heavier cars are safer than smaller, lighter cars. For example, does a semi-truck notice if it is rear-ended by a motorcycle? Most likely not. Does a motorcycle notice if a semi-truck rear-ends it? YES!
- Now, we must look into this size thing further because vehicle handling characteristics are also important. SUVs are large yes, but top heavy too, and more prone to roll-over crashes. They are also not as nimble in the handling catagory and thus, not as able to avoid car crashes. They also take longer to stop.
- Like SUVs, pick-up trucks and full size vans are not as nimble handling-wise as passenger cars.
- Minivans, on average handle well. Many have good crash ratings.
- Check out the car crash test results, safety ratings and head restraint (aka headrest) ratings at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
- Check out the car crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). These crash tests are slightly different than those performed at IIHS and give you the opportunity to look at the vehicle from several different viewpoints and parameters.
- Take another very close look at the head restraint ratings. One of the best protections against whiplash is the quality of the head restraint geometry.
- Remember that size matters in car crashes! A five-star-rated large car is likely safer than a five-star-rated subcompact car.
To learn more, we invite you to stop by our Sacramento, CA chiropractic office and pick up a copy of the excellent Auto Safety Facts brochure from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego.
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