At Anderson Behel, we always stay aware of trends and breaking news about car safety. Driving safely is still the #1 reason for fewer car accidents, but crashworthy vehicles also save a ton of lives every day. By concentrating on things such as occupant protection to reduce the number of fatal and serious injuries that occur in the United States each year, the carmakers are making all the right moves when it comes to safety.
By stepping up its research efforts and dramatically upgrading their test procedures for evaluating motor vehicle safety, car manufacturers are happy to say that “Safety does not happen by accident!” Crashworthiness research encompasses new and improved vehicle design, safety countermeasures and equipment to enhance occupant safety, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA).
Did you know that alternative fuel vehicles are more crashworthy than gas cars?
The NHTSA says alternative cars are now safer than ever, but there is still more testing required: “Ensuring that alternative fuel vehicles attain a level of safety comparable to that of other vehicles requires extensive research, due to the many advanced and unique technologies that have previously not been tested in the transportation environment.”
Did you also know that your kids are also safer in today’s newer cars, vans and trucks?
“Child safety crashworthiness is at its all-time highest, due to new technologies, in-depth studies performed by carmakers and reports that illustrate the progress of child safety in the United States. In addition, the NHTSA has been vigilant in promoting child safety by devising regulatory actions, and sponsoring discussions about the issues regarding obstacles in the wide-spread use of booster seats.”
Finally, your rear seat occupants are also safer today than ever before, according to the NHTSA:
“Front-row occupant protection in frontal crashes has benefited from recent developments in restraint performance and vehicle crashworthiness, which have been driven partly by manufacturers’ efforts to improve vehicle scores in consumer information tests. Occupants in the rear seat have not seen the same benefits their front seat counterparts. NHTSA is investigating different technologies to better understand the potential of these front seat technologies in the rear seat.”