Is Your Car Safe?
If you are unsure about the safety of your vehicle, there are ways to check. NHTSA has a program that rates a new cars safety based on crash test results. It is called the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). It is based on a 5 star rating system with 5 stars being the best and safest. You can visit to check your car. You must be aware that the ratings are only correct for a size classification. So you may have smaller car with a 5 star rating, but it may not be as safe a larger vehicle with a 5 star rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ( also does crash testing. Head restraint safety for most new cars is rated by IIHS ( as well.

The following safety systems can reduce the chances for a crash:
• Antilock brakes (ABS)
• Electronic stability programs (ESP)
• All wheel drive
• Active cruise control
• Crash warning sensors
• High intensity output headlights