Monday, July 6, 2015

Driving a Toyota Could Save Your Life!

Why it’s important to consider safety when choosing a vehicle

Every year groups such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conduct independent crash testing on vehicles from major manufacturers and release lists of the safest vehicles based on the results. Toyota models have consistently received five-star ratings thanks to quality construction and a host of safety features.

Why Go for Safety?

Safety should be your main focus when shopping for a car. Sleek looks and flashy accessories won’t do you any good if the car performs poorly in the event of a crash. IIHS has found many Toyota models to be superior in all types of crashes. Testing includes front, side, rear, rollover and a “front overlap” test that’s meant to simulate hitting a stationary object with the front or corner of the car. If a vehicle does well in all of these categories, you can rely on it to keep you safe if you’re ever involved in an accident.

Features to Look For

When shopping for a safe vehicle, keep an eye out for standard features including strong seat belts, airbags in every possible location, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control. For improved safety, cars may be built with reverse backup sensors and cameras, blind spot and side view assistance or alert sensors that send out pre-crash warnings.

The Safest Toyotas: Which Model is Best?

According to the IIHS report for 2015, these Toyota models perform best in crash tests and deserve a “Top Safety Pick” or “Top Safety Pick+” label:

• Avalon
• Camry
• Highlander
• Prius 4-door
• Prius v
• RAV4
• Sienna

All models received “good” ratings or better for “crashworthiness” criteria including impacts from various angles, the strength of the roof and the performance of head restraints and seats. Each vehicle includes a list of both standard and advanced safety features that help to achieve the best results in the event of a collision.

To find the safest vehicle for you and your family, head over to Fernelius Toyota. Browse the models in our new and used vehicle inventory to find one that meets your ideal criteria for safety. If you need help figuring out which model is right for you, the staff at our Cheboygan MI dealership can offer tips to steer you toward the perfect car.

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