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The Evolution of Vehicle Safety – How Cars Have Gotten Safer Over the Years

Updated September 29, 2013

Car safety is obviously a top concern for many people. I know it’s the first thing I think of when I consider buying a new or used car. According to Forbes, some of the safest cars for 2012 include the Audi A6, the BMW 5 series and a few Infinitis – the EX 35, M37 and M56. So how do these cars make it to the top of the safety ladder? They spend a LOT on research and testing, and they are evaluated by outside agencies, like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Another reliable place to research car safety is Consumer Reports. For a small annual fee, you can access hundreds of different car safety statistics that will undoubtedly give you a lot of food for thought when deciding what make and model to go for. Here’s a look at the evolution of car safety, questions to consider when buying a car, and tips for what you can do to make sure your car is safe on the roads.

Evolution of car safety

Many buyers were concerned about car safety starting back in the 1920s. Cars have evolved throughout the years in regards to safety, with anti-lock brake systems becoming standard in the 1970s. Shortly thereafter, seatbelts were required by law to be worn. In addition, many cars have four wheel drive or all-wheel drive these days, making them even safer, especially when driving in inclement weather. Crash tests began in the mid-30s and have continued over the years to test vehicles before they go on the market, a crucial safety testing measure that has helped make cars today safer.

Questions to consider

If you’re thinking about buying a new or used car, ask some serious questions of the dealer or private owner. Ask questions like, what model is the safest? Or, what makes this car safer than others? And remember that many dealers like to waffle on about different aspects of the car while trying to avoid giving any concrete information. Ask for specific statistics regarding the car’s safety, and check consumer reports for further details on the car’s safety record and safety features.

How to keep your car safe

One way to keep your car safe is by servicing it regularly and taking care of issues, even small ones like windshield replacement, whenever they occur. Keeping your car in its peak condition will help ensure that you’re the safest you can be while out on the roads.

If you research a car’s safety, and ask the right questions along the way, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about which car to purchase. After that, it’s up to you to keep the car in good condition for the rest of the time you have it.

Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency on a range of subjects.



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