Happy Throwback Thursday! Today in our Kaufman Law blog, we are discussing and closing in on our top nine safest vehicles on our roadways today, again following from this original article in the AJC. We have been impressed by the safety features and technolological advancements that our featured makes have made over the past decade, with some decreasing their collision and vehicular deaths by over a third. On that note, let's look at our last top safest vehicle:
This safe automobile is the second of the Toyota line-up to be featured in this news article. Toyota no doubt is making a big impression by having two of their models boast zero vehicular deaths per one million registered users. In addition, both Toyota models featured have been SUVs-are you surprised? As we have been discussing in detail these nine amazingly safe automobiles, over half of them (six of them to be exact) have been SUVs. As we have mentioned previously, over a decade ago, SUVs were at the highest risk for rollover during a collision and, consequently, for high rates of vehicular deaths. Today, rounded out, as opposed to square, frame designs and the widespread adoption by most automobile companies of electronic stability control have revolutionized safety in these types of vehicles. What makes the Toyota Highlander a super safe vehicle on its own? Let's explore the amazing list of safety features:
1. Star Safety System-includes the following component systems: Enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, an anti-lock brake system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, and smart stop technology.
2. Advanced driver and passenger airbag system: Includes seat-mounted side airbags, knee airbag for the driver, seat-cushion airbag for the passenger, and roll-sensing side curtain airbags on all rows inside the vehicle-these airbags sense the impact of a collision and determine the rate of inflation of the airbags accordingly.
3. Seatbelts: Include sensors in driver and passenger seatbelts that lock or retract at variable rates in anticipation of an impact
4. Energy-absorbing frame: Front and read energy-absorbing crumple zones and side impact door beams protect occupants from feeling or being affected by a collision. The energy-dissipating trim transfers impact energy around the vehicle frame instead of through it.
5. Hill Start Assist and Downhill Assist controls: Monitors to accelerate smoothly or decelerate gradually to help the driver better control the vehicle on an incline or decline.
6. Pre-collision system: Incorporates the brake, airbag, and seatbelt systems to react simultaneously in the event that a collision is imminent; full-force is applied to the front and rear brakes, airbags are prepared to inflate at variable rates depending on the force of the impact, and seatbelts are retracted to protect the driver and any passengers from being forced forward.
7. Lane departure alert and blind spot monitor: Monitors that alert the driver through a series of audio beeps if the vehicle is veering out of the driver's intended path or if another vehicle is in the diver's blind spot when attempting to change lanes.
8. Rear parking assist: Rear camera provides a clear view of the back of the vehicle to assist the driver with parking and reversing.
9. Safety Connect system: Vehicle technology that includes emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator, roadside assistance, and automatic collision notification to help you connect with the proper authorities should any of these scenarios occur.
Wow. A long but comprehensive and impressive list of safety features, all of which you can read in detail here on the official Toyota Highlander page. Toyota's website is both easy to navigate and visually appealing, with information available on almost anything you would like to know about any of their models.
As we close out this blog series where we have deep-dived into the details of the safest vehicles on the road today, we have noticed a trend: The luxury makes contain basic advanced safety technology as well as "fluffy" features-driving style detection, automatic braking, self-parking, even choosing what style the driver prefers the car to drive in (Audi A4). Non-luxury makes contain concise, necessary, advanced safety technology that is purely functional without the added advanced features to choose from. Sensibly, the luxury makes cost a considerable amount more than the other brands, but the non-luxury makes are less confusing with less technical jargon, while maintaining a high level of communication and understanding to any potential buyer.
Now that we have covered the safest vehicles on the road today, we hope that you are prepared to drive safer, be more informed and prepared, and if in the market to buy a new vehicle, have a better understanding of which automobiles are going to serve you best with safety for you and your families.
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