According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2007, there were an estimated 6,024,000 police-reported traffic crashes, in which 41,059 people were killed and 2,491,000 people were injured. That's why determining the safety level of a car, truck or SUV should be at the peak of everybody’s concern. Common sense tells us to drive safely and buckle up. But we can do better.
Anti-lock brakes and airbags have been around for a quite some time, and their control systems are now refined to significantly higher levels of efficiency. These tried-and-true safety features are being conjoined with new waves of both crash avoidance and crash protection systems. Whether it’s electronic stability control to help avoid vehicle rollover, rear view video display for child protection or an infrared view to aid in nighttime driving, we should stay abreast of what’s currently available—and affordable.
To get a head start you can research vehicle crash test ratings and additional vehicle safety information and statistics from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).