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Friday, June 19, 2009

Remember the laws of physics ...

Are you in the market for a new car? In an effort to go green and leave a smaller carbon footprint, many people are thinking about buying mini-cars. There are legitimate reasons for purchasing small cars — they’re often more affordable and they use less gas. But, according to Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “Though much safer than they were a few years ago, mini-cars as a group do a comparatively poor job of protecting people in crashes, simply because they’re smaller and lighter.”1

Although the newest small vehicles meet today’s strict safety standards, even the safest are governed by the laws of physics, which rule in favor of bigger, heavier vehicles, even in single-vehicle crashes.

Whether you’re shopping for a used or new car, it’s important to spend time making sure it’s safe. Here are some things to look for when choosing a new car:

Front and side curtain air bags
Telescoping steering wheel
Adjustable head restraints that can be locked into place
Seatbelts that engage quickly and with little slack
Daytime running lights
Antilock brakes
Anti-theft systems
Electronic stability control

Always take a test drive and try to do it in the evening so you can check the visibility provided by the headlights.

Before you jump into a super-high efficiency mini, consider your options and call me. I will give you the latest information on vehicle safety and what discounts you may be eligible for based on vehicle safety features. Share this with your friends and family before they make a new-car buying decision that might cost them dearly.


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