Car Safety Buyers Guide

Buying a safe car is one of the most important purchases you’ll make, and choosing the right one can be difficult. Whether you plan to buy a new or used car, make safety a priority so that you and your family are protected. While auto insurance in Hudson, NY can protect you on the roads, be sure that your vehicle is well equipped to protect you and your family from harm.
Before you buy a vehicle, here are some things to consider:

  • Vehicle size and weight matter. Smaller, lighter vehicles generally offer less protection than larger, heavier ones. There is less structure to absorb crash energy, and people in lighter vehicles also experience higher crash forces when struck by heavier vehicles.
  • Crashworthy design. Structure and restraints help determine crashworthiness. Good structure means a strong occupant compartment, crumple zones to absorb the force of a serious crash, side structure to manage the force of a striking vehicle or struck object and a strong roof that won’t collapse in a rollover. Safety belts and airbags are a must, too.

Vehicle Ratings and Crash Tests
A good place to start your research is to look at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests. IIHS rates new models based on how well they protect people in the front, side, rollover, and rear crashes. They also evaluate the performance of headlights and front crash prevention systems with automatic braking. Look for a vehicle with a good crash test rating.
Crash Avoidance Technologies
Protecting people in crashes is vital. Avoiding them altogether is ideal. More and more newer cars have crash avoidance systems which can help. Look for the following features:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Pedestrian automatic emergency braking
  • Blind-spot detection
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Backup camera

Color
You might think black is chic, but a white car could save your life! Studies have found that white cars have a lower crash risk in all types of light conditions (night, overcast, bright sun), while black cars were more likely to be involved in a car. Opt for a light-colored car to improve your visibility on the road.
Skip the search of looking for the right car insurance by contacting Lofgren Agency directly. We can help you find optimum coverage for your vehicle at the right price.

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