Sure, we all like shiny tricked out cars that can go 0-200 mph in 0.6 seconds, but safety is important too. Seriously, it is. Quit laughing! Think about how you drive for a second. Ever speed down in the highway, late for work, eating a breakfast burrito while talking on your cell phone and clicking through your iPod looking for your favorite Duran Duran track (their cover of “White Lines”)? I thought you did. So look through these articles about car safety and wear your seatbelt for Christ’s sake!
You can’t mention automobile safety without mentioning Volvo. While other automakers have caught up to them in recent years when it comes to their employment of safety features, when people think safe cars they think Volvo.
Death Traps on Wheels
On the flipside of Volvo are these six autos that Forbes has deemed six of the most unsafe cars commercially available. The Kia Optima is on the list, which shouldn’t surprise anyone considering Kia can also mean KIA (Killed In Action).
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Homepage
This site created by the Department Of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes finding out safety information about your car incredibly convenient and easy with a series of pull-down menus that will have your getting the facts on your vehicle in just a few seconds. You can also find valuable information on child safety seats, rollover prevention and much more at this informative and easy-to-navigate site.
Teen Safe Driver
Are you a concerned parent who values their teens safety and their own overdeveloped sense of authority more than civil rights and the basic human right of privacy? Then do the people of the Teen Safe Driver Program have the product for you! In just 30 minutes you can have a system installed in your teenagers’ car that will track all the ‘risky’ behavior they partake in when on the road. This video is then assessed by trained professionals (in voyeurism?) and detailed reports are made available to the parents. Its like the Patriot Act with mini-vans.
Auto Extra Car Safety Research
Maybe you want a safe car, but only a safe car that’s five-star rated for people in the driver’s seat (screw your wife and kids). At Auto-Extra’s car safety research section, you can browse cars by their safety rating, and even narrow it down the safety rating by seat. You can also use this site to find out about recalls and other safety information.
Cars Direct Safety Research
There are more than just nine basic safety features though, and as cars become more and more technologically advances the more out-there and high-tech the safety features are going to get. This detailed piece from Cars Direct lists the various multitude of car safety features that are out there and just what they do.
9 Most Important Safety Features
If you had to pick the bare essential safety features for your next car, this article from Reader’s Digest outlines the nine most important one. While getting a car with seat belts may sound like a no-brainer, this article doesn’t just tell you that, it also goes into detail about what kind of seat belts there are (yes, there are different kinds). A great short read.
C-Net Car Safety Class
The C-Net network is a well known source of technology information and news, but they also have a lot of great articles regarding stuff that isn’t attached to your PC, and this great in-depth piece on car safety is a great example of that. Read this great guide to find out about basic safety features, how to decode complex vehicle safety ratings and even get tips on getting roadside assistance.
Car Safety Features Of The Future
The cars of tomorrow may not be able to fly (what gives?) but as this article from MSN points out, they will be safer than ever. With high-tech features like electronic stability control and intelligent cruise control coming out in the coming years, deaths from auto accidents could see their biggest decrease since the advent of the seatbelt. Now if they could only develop a car that drives itself and shoots out crazy crash foam like the rides in Demolition Man.