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Safest Cars for 2012

Nine Incredibly Safe Cars of 2012

Updated March 28, 2014

It’s time to get serious about safety after all the road accidents on our roads during the holiday season. That’s why we scoured the web for information on the safest cars of 2012. BMW and Mercedes used to be the forerunners in safety but companies like Volvo, Infinity and Audi are making some noise.

To get the safety rating the cars are put through rigorous tests with impacts from the rear, side, front and they are also subjected to a rollover simulation. Apparently cars usually do no pass the devastating roll over simulation but are given high scores when they do pass it.

 The tests:

  • Rear-end collisions

The vehicle receives a rear collision at 20 mph and tests the support and safety of the head rests and frame of the car.

  • Side-impact tests

A moving barrier is rammed at 31 mph into the side of the vehicle and the results are cross checked with safety standards.

  • Frontal crash tests

Cars with crash test dummies (which have pressure sensors on them) are sped 40 mph into a barricade to determine the trauma delivered to a person in a frontal crash accident. If the car protects the dummy it scores.

  • Rollover protection ratings

When we first read this we imagined a car being rolled over and over in a test room. The true test is not as we thought but still intense. The vehicles roof is subjected to four times its own weight. If it can withstand the weight and only receive a small amount of damage it passes the test.

Besides the extra protection these safe vehicles offer through tough frames and improved materials is technology. These features have been released frequently which help drivers reach their destination safely.

The technology:

  • Blind-spot warning

The well-known blind spot has caused many accidents on our roads, but with the new blind spot technology installed in modern vehicles, you will be warned if there is a car in your blind spot. Some blind spot warning systems will even intervene by braking accordingly.

  • Lane departure warning

When people are on the road they tend to get drowsy from the long drive and fall asleep. With the new lane departure warning system you’ll be safely nudged back to your lane with a series of brakes and steering to get you there (smoothly of course).

  • Collision warning/avoidance

Sonars in the vehicle will determine if your car is closing in on an object too quickly. It will prime your brakes, adjust your seat belt and take precautionary measures to ensure your safety.

Can you say” Kit from Knight Rider”, cause that’s where we’re heading!

 The cars:

  • Audi A6
  • BMW 5 Series
  • Infiniti EX 35
  • Infiniti M37/M56
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
  • Volvo S60
  • Volvo S80
  • Volvo XC60

Patrick Jones is a car and safety enthusiast. Remember to buckle up and do your checks on your car and tyres before taking to the road.

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