SUVs Are Now One Of The Safest Cars To Drive

Suv's are safe cars to driveSUV’s were known to have a high rollover risk making it’s passengers susceptible to deadly rollover crashes. But Lisa Stark reported for ABC World News Tonight that Electronic Stability Control Systems has enabled the SUV to be one of the safest vehicles on the road.

An electronic stability control system senses when a vehicle is skidding and automatically apply the brakes to individual wheels to keep the driver from losing control.  It has dramatically cut rollover risks.

Automakers began adding the systems to SUVs about five years ago and now it is standard equipment in all new sports utility vehicles.  Rollover deaths in SUVs are down 66% in newer models compared to older models.

Electronic stability control also helps in cars and will be required in all new cars by 2012. Anne McCartt from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says any vehicle that is purchase now, the consumer should make sure that the vehicle comes with electronic stability control.

Lisa Stark says that the most surprising finding of the study is that passengers are now less likely to die in an accident in a new SUV than they are in a car.  With the rollover risk reduced by the electronic stability control, the protection of the extra height and weight of the SUV, it is now one of the safest vehicles to drive. So what was once unthinkable, the Insurance Institute says that parents of teenage drivers can now consider SUVs.

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