Vehicle Safety Ratings: What Do They Mean for Drivers and Passengers?

Car commercials usually tout vehicles' crash test ratings, but how does the rating process work, and do those ratings translate to real-world conditions? Join us in South Burlington, VT as we try to make sense of it all.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, occupants in cars “Good” ratings are 46% less likely to die in frontal crashes than drivers of vehicles with “Poor” ratings. Drivers of cars with “Marginal” or “Acceptable” ratings are 33% less likely to die in these crashes. Results are similar for side-impact crash tests.

It's very difficult to argue with the numbers; safety ratings make a big difference in most people's vehicle purchase decisions. However, it's important to note that such ratings are typically based on collisions between similarly sized vehicles. Crashes between unevenly sized vehicles are another matter. For more information on how vehicle size may affect crash safety, visit us at Autosaver MAX.

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