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Many people buy their automobiles based on their outward appearance rather than their inward Though before purchasing a car it is best to do research When buying a vehicle you should look to see if there any problems with the safety of the vehicle Safety is divided into three different categorical areas size and weight of the vehicle passive safety which prevents people from being injured in a accident active safety helps drivers avoid accidents Some largerheavier cars that have poor ratings can possible have better results than smaller cars with better ratings Rather than looking for a car that has passive safety you should look for a car that has active safety and will avoid an accident altogether The size and weight of a vehicle matters all cars have to meet the US Department Of Transportation standards for accidents Largerheavier vehicles tend to be more safer than the smaller ones Small cars have double amount of deaths than the larger ones in connection to their numbers on the road When heavier vehicles crash head to head with lighter ones the lighter vehicle and its passengers usually suffer the most damage because of the difference in weight Statistics show that SUV-to-car accidents are six times more likely to kill passengers of smaller vehicles when compared to a regular car-car accident The following chart is from IIHS News Release dated 2-10-98 The left column indicates the weight class of the vehicles in the first column of each pair Column 13 and 5 show the death rates for cars pick-up trucks and SUVs of different weights columns 2 4 6 show the death rates for the passengers of the other vehicle in the two car accident Occupant death rates in two-vehicle crashes 1990-95 model passenger vehicles versus other vehicles Weight Class lbs Vehicle crash pairs 1990-1995 Cars Pick-ups SUVs Cars Other Pick-ups Other SUVs Other less than 2500
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