Vehicle Crash Ratings can Give Car Owners Important Insights

Here at Gillman Mitsubishi, we strive to go the extra mile to help our customers and others to maximize the safety of their vehicles. In terms of safety, most modern vehicles are well equipped with a wide variety of accident mitigation equipment. This equipment can include things like airbags, safety glass, and even antilock braking systems. While these systems may work well individually and in theory, how well they work together during actual automobile accidents is another story. The good news is, a number of well respected vehicle safety rating organizations publish detailed reports about vehicle crash worthiness. Two of these organizations are called the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and each of these organizations puts out easy to understand rating documents.

The NHTSA performs at least three separate tests on target vehicles to determine their damage resistance potentials. This organization publishes their findings in the form of star ratings. The highest possible rating is five stars, and this indicates that the vehicle is durable and crash resistant. The lowest possible rating is a one star, and this indicates that the vehicle may have issues when it comes to accident survivability.

The IIHS performs a series of five tests on their subject vehicles. They publish their results according to one of four proprietary categories. These crash rating categories are Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor. Drivers who take heed of these specialized crash ratings and apply that knowledge to their future purchases can enhance their personal safety.



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