Having trouble viewing this email? Click here to view online. May 2010 | Subscribe | In This Issue Safe...or Sorry: What to Know • How to Buy a Safe Car Before You Buy a New Car • Crash Test Ratings • By the Numbers Dramatically Improve Your Odds of Surviving A Crash • Further Information The car you choose can increase your odds of survival in a crash by 400 percent! That’s pretty important information when more than 40,000 Let America Know people die each year in auto accidents. Steven L. Miller, Editor Toll Free (866) “Ultimately, safety is active and 589-7670 passive,” according to Consumer Email Reports, “balancing the ability to avoid an accident and to survive one.” Find out what you should know when comparing the safety of one vehicle versus another. Dear Steven L., Read more... Send your own version of "You Should Know" to your top Smart consumers use online tools referral sources: clients/past to compare car safety features. clients, other professionals and friends. 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May 2010 | Subscribe | In This Issue Safe...or Sorry: Buying a New Car • How to Buy a Safe Car Weight + Crashworthiness + Avoidance = Survival • Crash Test Ratings There are as many • By the Numbers different ways to look at • Further Information the factors that make cars safe as there are different cars. Most people think of Let America Know crash-test results first. Important, yes, but take a Steven L. Miller, closer look. Weight and Editor size are critical factors that Toll Free (866) 589-7670 rank right up there with Email crashworthiness. And, in fact, statistics show that small cars have more than twice as many occupant Twice as many people die each year deaths each year as large in small cars than in large cars. Dear Steven L., cars. So only compare crash-test results between Send your own version of "You cars in the same weight class. Should Know" to your top referral sources: clients/past Government and industry crash tests focus on structural integrity. The clients, other professionals and front and rear end of the car you choose (sometimes called the crumple friends. Together we can then zone) should be designed to absorb crash forces by buckling and show how you and your clients bending in a serious collision. Also look for a structurally superior have protected the health, passenger compartment, the last line of defense in a collision. The safety and legal rights of all restraint system in a vehicle combines seat belts, airbags and head Americans! restraints. All three work together to hold you safely in place while the structure of the vehicle withstands the crash forces. Look Up, Compare Crashworthiness Ratings The Docket: News from Our Firm National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) NHTSA tests several of the most popular vehicles on the road by conducting full frontal collisions into a fixed barrier at 35 mph. 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Several factors contribute to a vehicle’s campaign designed, accident-avoidance performance, including: orchestrated and funded by very specific interests. So, one Tires – Tire condition will greatly impact both braking and question: What are you going emergency handling. Replace worn tires immediately. to do about it? Braking – Your brakes should stop your car in as short a distance Answer: Let America Know the as possible while keeping the vehicle under control. Don’t pump truth about civil justice. Your ABS brakes. leading colleagues already are. Continue Reading Emergency Handling – The farther you can push a car before losing control, the safer it will be in an emergency situation. Look for cars with electronic stability control (ESC), especially in SUVs. Acceleration – Vehicles that can get up to highway speed quicker make merging safer. Driver’s Position & Visibility – When positioned correctly, you are comfortable and enjoy better visibility. 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