Porsche Boxster Spyder
Bigger vehicles almost always fare better in the event of a crash. You know that, but that doesn’t change your love of the sleek, classic designs of sports cars. Still, you’d like to choose a model with a high safety rating to make sure that you’ll be heading down the road with the wind in your hair for a long time to come. That means that you need to select a sports car that not only handles well and has a high performance rating, but also one that’s rated among the safest sports cars available. That can be a challenge. Luckily, you’re up to it. Whether you’re looking for a car to drive on the weekends when you get out on the road for fun or a car that you can drive every day of the week, safety should be a top priority, cautions Monsey,NY Attorney Zev Goldstein.
Determining a Sports Car’s Safety
When you’re choosing a sports car, you’re often more concerned with what’s under the hood than with anything else. However, checking out the safety specifications on your model of choice can go a long way toward improving your safety during a crash.
Some features to look out for:
Electronic stability control: This will help keep your car on the road during sharp turns and other fast maneuvers. This is particularly important when choosing a sports car, since you might be tempted to use more unsafe driving behaviors than in another car.
Anti-lock brakes: These are not a one-size fits all option! Anti-lock brakes can come in all-wheel or two-wheel styles, and the anti-lock system’s sensitivity may vary by vehicle. You want an anti-lock system that will keep your wheels from locking in the event of emergency braking. Ideally, you’ll also find an anti-lock system that will offer assistance braking to engage the brakes faster when you stop in a panicked situation.
Reactive cruise control: This helps maintain safe following distance in high-traffic situations.
Supportive headrests: These are designed to support the head and neck in a rear collision, which can help reduce or prevent neck injuries in the event of a crash.
Airbags: Just how much space is really covered by your airbags? You want air bags that will deploy in the front and sides of your front seat. Dual-protection airbagsrelease at different times following a crash to provide an extra level of protection. Ideally, these should only deploy when the seatbelt is worn. Airbags that deploy when the seatbelt isn’t in use can cause further damage.
These are some of the safety features that are designed to protect the driver and passengers no matter which direction a collision comes from. Also, keep in mind that even with sports cars, bigger is still better. While a small, sleek little car might be more fun to drive, larger models will often provide more protection in the event of a crash.
Sports Cars with Low Traffic Deaths
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a non-profit organization, goes over the statistics each year to determine which vehicles have the lowest incidence of driver deaths. While most of the cars that have zero traffic deaths in their 2011 models are SUVS, vans, and larger-model cars, there are a surprising number of sports cars that have taken advantage of improved safety technology to make cars with low traffic deaths. Taking these factors into consideration along with the safety improvements that have been made in the newest models, the IIHS has released a list of their top picks for safe vehicles in 2015, which can be viewed here.