On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

When the president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Adrian Lund, says that there are “a fair number of vehicles to choose from,” he’s talking motor vehicle safety and impliedly telling consumers to be proactive and careful when they pick their next car. All cars need to pass a safety test before going on the roads, but the software inside needs to be checked thoroughly too, making sure it is compliant with the standards set by MISRA. Those who want a further look can visit this page and see what can be done to ensure safety within an automobile, from software to crash tests.

Researchers at Lund’s organization, commonly known by the acronym IIHS, purposefully crash test vehicles, carefully track the results and report their conclusions publicly. Given that the agency is widely known and the results considered authoritative, motor vehicle manufacturers pay attention.

What they’re hearing generally these days is that, as a group, they’re not doing too well, at least not when evaluated by an IIHS measuring yardstick that is reportedly more stringent than in years past.

In other words, and as a gauge for measuring likely outcomes in a car accident, it is no longer good enough to have a handful-plus of air bags scattered around a vehicle, coupled with an adequate anti-lock braking system.

That’s nice, but the IIHS is now demanding more, acknowledging consumers “who want both crash prevention technology and the latest in occupant protection.”

In Ohio and elsewhere, that means a desire for both post-crash features that will maximally protect vehicle occupants and imbedded technology that will help drivers avoid crashes in the first place. That includes things like automatic braking when a driver isn’t reacting quickly enough to an impending crash with an oncoming vehicle, as well as notification systems that warn motorists that trouble is approaching quickly.

Whilst these new features have the potential to save more lives and to avoid the countless amount of vehicle accidents that occur, the drivers of these cars will still need to make sure that their new braking system is working efficiently. Taking your car in for regular maintenance at places similar to this European auto service in Dallas can ensure that your braking system and your vehicle as a whole is working as it should so that people can have a better chance at being able to avoid a crash. If these new features are successful, the road may be a safer place to drive.

Detailed information concerning the top IIHS safety picks for 2014 vehicle models can be obtained on the agency’s website (www.iihs.org).

Source: Forbes, “New crash test ratings raise question: What really makes a car safe?” Joann Muller, Dec. 19, 2013