Aug 7, 2023
Americans love their cars. Whether it’s getting to-and-from work or for leisure, U.S. citizens drive more now than ever. In fact, The Zebra – an insurance comparison site – notes that over the past 40 years, the number of miles Americans collectively drive on a yearly basis has increased from 1.5 trillion to 3.2 trillion. In other words, although the American population is only 1.5 times as large as it was 40 years ago, U.S. residents actually do twice as much driving.
“That sum would cover almost three round trips between Los Angeles and New York. As a collective, American drivers cover 3.2 trillion miles each year, enough to take nearly 5,000 trips to the moon and back,” The Zebra said.
Additionally, The Zebra notes that the average number of miles driven per year by Americans has now reached a total of 14,263 (equating to approximately 1,200 car miles traveled per person, per month). Car and Driver estimates that figure to be slightly lower – based on data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). According to the FHWA, American drivers travel approximately 13,476 miles per year on our nation’s roads and highways.
Here in California, we drive the most total miles per year when compared to the other 49 states – recording 340 billion roadway miles annually (although Wyoming has the highest per capita mileage at 24,000 each year). By comparison, Californians drive an estimated 12,524 miles individually every year.
Given the significant number of miles Americans travel by car each year, vehicle safety is understandably a top priority. In June, Car and Driver announced the Top 6 Safest New Cars for 2023 based on data provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The report also included details regarding how the IIHS’s criteria for its Top Safety Pick+ awards have been “overhauled” to help consumers choose vehicles that offer the most protection in the event of a car accident.
Let’s take a look at which vehicles made the list of the IIHS’s Top 6 Safest New Cars for 2023.
Car and Driver claims the criteria for receiving a top safety award (Top Safety Pick+) from the IIHS is “now tougher than ever” while also noting that the vehicles which made the list are currently “as safe as they come.”
Top 6 Safest New Cars According to Car and Driver Magazine
As stated earlier, given the more rigorous safety criteria established by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, all of the above mentioned vehicles would be considered safe for individuals and families alike.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is funded by the auto insurance industry. To determine the safest vehicles on the road, the IIHS conducts crash tests to “measure a vehicle’s ability to protect its occupants in a collision.”
As Car and Driver reported, the side-impact collision test was recently updated to apply 81% more crash energy.
The IIHS confirms that it overhauled its criteria for a vehicle to receive a Top Safety Pick+ award in 2023. And the plan is to continue a more stringent set of criteria to help ensure that the actual safest cars receive the highest honors going forward.
The various ratings that may be given by the IIHS after crash tests are conducted include:
“Going forward, a Good rating in the more stringent side-crash test will be required to earn Top Safety Pick+. A Good rating will also still be required in the driver’s-side small-overlap front, moderate-overlap front and passenger-side small-overlap tests. The roof-strength and head restraint tests have been removed from the criteria due to industry-wide excellence in those areas. A car must also score a Good or Acceptable rating for its headlights, and achieve an Advanced or Superior rating in the daytime vehicle-to-pedestrian prevention test and the new nighttime vehicle-to-pedestrian test,” Car and Driver said.
Last month, Dordulian Law Group published a blog highlighting which vehicles are considered to be the most “accident-prone.”
The list offers an interesting perspective on how the same vehicle manufacturer – e.g. Subaru – can produce a car which makes the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ list while also offering a model that is listed among the most “accident-prone.”
In Subaru’s case, the Impreza and WRX made the list for most accident-prone, while the Outback earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for 2023.
The list of Most Accident-Prone Cars for 2023 was compiled by Insurify Insurance. The company reportedly culled data from over 4.6 million auto insurance applications to determine which vehicles were most prone to car accidents.
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