These are the most and least safe cars on the road
Every year, it seems like we report that traffic fatalities in America have reached another record low. Now, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has offered up more good news: your chance of dying behind the wheel of a late-model vehicle fell more than 40 percent in just three years.
Why? The IIHS identifies a number of changes that have improved the way that our cars protect us and altered the way that we operate our vehicles, including:
- The requirement that all vehicles sold in the U.S. come with electronic stability control, which has dramatically reduced rollovers during collisions (especially among SUVs).
- Stronger, safer vehicle structures
- Increased availability of side airbags
- Increased use of seat belts