Feb 11 Deciphering Your Car's Safety Rating

Deciphering Your Car’s Safety Rating

What Each Crash Test Means For You

You likely know whether or not your car is esteemed for its safety. Your beat up old Bronco might not be an award winner, but perhaps you are thinking of making the car-buying move to Toyota Prius or Honda CR-V. These cars are top safety picks according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Here is a brief review of the tests they endured to earn a great crash test rating.

  • Impact Tests: Vehicles are tested to see how they (and you while riding in them) will react to impact from trucks and SUVs. Side, front, and rear impact is tested to ensure that even should you come into contact with the most powerful vehicles on the roadway, you will be protected.
  • ESC Tests: These are designed to test the electronic stability control (ESC) of your vehicle, which is its ability to sense when you are losing control of your vehicle and apply the brakes to the necessary tires to get you back in control.
  • Rollover Tests: When a car flips, the potential for injury skyrockets. The IIHS looks for cars that can best maintain their structural integrity and protect their passengers.
  • Low-Speed Tests: Because fender-benders happen as often as major accidents, the IIHS also tests how much damage your car can sustain in a low-speed accident (e.g. in the parking lot) before costly repairs will be required.

Did you know your safer vehicle could help you save on your auto insurance premiums? You deserve to work with an insurance team that will make sure you are aware of every savings potential. Contact Weeks & Associates Insurance Services in Thousand Oaks for all of your California auto insurance needs. Our team of experts is here to ensure you get the right coverage at the right price.

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