Keys to SUV Safety
Because of their massive size and bulky appearance, SUVs convey a sense of safety. But appearances can be deceiving. The fact is that these vehicles account for a disproportionately high percentage of serious injuries and deaths for their occupants.
While some of these weaknesses, such as a high center of gravity and long braking distances, are intrinsic to the design of these vehicles, there are simple steps you can take to reduce your risk.
One of the most common causes of severe SUV crashes is worn or under-inflated tires. Check the air pressure in your tires, and make sure they are replaced when worn. If you’re in the market for a new SUV, make sure you consider one with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), an onboard computer system that helps you maintain control of the vehicle during emergency maneuvers. Go online and look up data on roof strengths of various SUV models. The more weight an SUV’s roof can stand up to, the better it will hold up in a rollover accident. Some newer models also offer rollover protection airbags to protect occupants in these types of crashes.