crash tests Tag

Top Safety Picks
Here is a quick list of all the vehicles the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has tested in 2015, both those that deserved the Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus and the vehicles that were tested but did not make the grade as a coveted Top Safety Pick. The IIHS Rating System The IIHS is one of the world’s premier crash test rating systems, that conducts 5 crash related tests on hundreds of vehicles every year. The IIHS conducts two frontal crash tests including Moderate and SmallRead More
Car Crash Test
Buying a new or used vehicle has become a research intensive proposition. Not only do you need to know if the vehicle fits your lifestyle, if you like it’s design and other personal choices, but many consumers also want to know a vehicle’s mileage efficiency and now more than ever a car’s crash test safety ratings. However, with two different agencies conducting different tests, it seems confusing. Yet as one of the most important aspect to buying a new car, learning to research and understand these different rating systems isRead More
Ford SuperCrew Pickup NHTSA Test
With the release of the first crash tests on the new aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 SuperCrew pickup, it seems as if the Dearborn-based automaker made the right decision. According to, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the Ford F-150 SuperCrew has passed its initial crash tests with flying colors. The tests were held in February at the agency’s test facilities. The SuperCrew model features a full-sized cab with seating for five to six, depending on the front seat choices. With two buckets seats, the SuperCrew can seat five andRead More

Posted On January 27, 2014By adminIn Insurance

Has the IIHS killed the market for small cars?

Life is never clear cut when financial interests do not coincide. It would be good for consumers if there could be objective testing by a genuinely independent body with reports giving a fair and honest assessment of the results. Sadly, that’s never going to happen when millions of dollars can rest on the outcome. So when it comes to motor vehicles, we have the federal government on one side. It acts through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). On the other, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) comesRead More

Posted On December 30, 2013By adminIn People and what they drive

Can we be more honest?

Did you see the other day, the star of The Hunger Games was saying it should be made a criminal offense to call anyone fat on television. Indeed, when you look at many of the television shows like The X-Factor and American Idol, the early stages are all about the embarrassment of the assessment panel who are forced to find ways of politely informing the singers, dancers or other entertainers that their acts are really, really bad. As the years have gone by, we’ve stopped honestly judging and ranking people.Read More
The first and arguably most important factor to recognize about the business of insurance is that it is for profit. Although the effect of the service is socially useful, the companies’ motivation is to maximize the profit resulting from the collection of premium income. Under those circumstances, there’s always pressure on insurers to keep the premium rates high. If savings are made, the stockholders prefer to see their dividends increase rather than the benefits of the savings being passed on to the policyholders. This makes the work of the InsuranceRead More
Although it’s an expensive way of testing for auto safety, driving a car into a static object is the best way to see how well the vehicle would react to a real-world collision. The question, of course, is whether there are differences between the different crash tests. Both the federal government and the insurance industry do “independent” tests. The results differ because the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has more stringent tests than the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration when it comes to front-end testing. The NHTSA carriesRead More
The picture above shows the 2014 Chevy Silverado and demonstrates GM’s commitment to keep up with Ford. See review: GM is also upgrading the Sierra full-size pickup, hoping to build on total truck sales in 2012 of about 575,000 vehicles. Why do GM need to up its game? Because last year, Ford sold about 645,000 F-Series trucks. For a review of the Platinum F250 Superduty: Why do both manufacturers care about this section of the market? There are two reasons. Let’s start with the profit margin. They make about $10,000Read More
These days the job of the design staff has grown more interesting because instead of simply focusing on the look of the vehicle, there are now a whole raft of regulations and recommendations from the NHTSA to build into each new generation of the car as it’s readied for the road. Underneath its camouflage, here’s what everyone is saying the 2014 Mini Cooper is going to look like. Not a whole lot different from the old one perhaps. When you’ve hit the winning formula, you don’t change the look andRead More
Someone somewhere once said, “Small is beautiful.” Perhaps in the case of the cellphone which started off its life the size of a brick, this is true. But in other parts of life, there may be problems. As in driving on a public road, for example. Take two people. Let’s put one in a substantial truck and the other in one of these smaller cars so popular among midgets and dwarves in Europe. Because the truck is heavier and has its bumper at a different height, it’s likely to smashRead More