When choosing a car, you might be tempted to focus on the price, the gas mileage and even the car’s expected reliability, but what’s far too often left out of the picture is the car’s ability to save your life when an accident happens.
Fortunately, manufacturers are making cars safer and safer each year. For example, as the Consumer Reports Guide to Safety Features points out, cars have added front, side and rear air bags and most have multiple airbags that cushion not just the head but also the torso and even the knees.
All of these features designed to protect you in the event of a crash have had a substantial impact on the number of fatalities resulting from auto accidents. In fact, in 2011, Car and Driver noted that the fatality rate for auto accidents has been steadily declining for more than a half century, largely because of these improvements.