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by admin, September 27, 2018, Tips

5 Factors to Consider When Purchasing a Safe Vehicle

If you have been considering a new car purchase, now is the best time of the year to start your research. Manufacturers always apply the highest customer rebates and dealer incentives on new cars towards the end of the year. While everyone is always looking for a good deal, you should also keep in mind the safety of your new vehicle. We have compiled a list of the top 5 things you should keep in mind when making your overall new car purchase decision.

Seat Belts

Seat belts are often purchased and installed with little thought to the overall safety of the product. After all, seat belts are designed to save lives. However, not all seat belts are created equal. Look for a vehicle that provides adjustable upper belts to adjust for a person’s size, seat belt pretensioners for quick retraction to take the slack out in the instance there is sudden braking and energy management features that allow the seat belt to adjust during a collision to take the load off certain areas.

Air Bags

Front and side impact airbags are essential in conjunction with the proper use of seat belts. Make airbags as effective as possible by keeping children in the back seat, and adjusting your seat to the proper position – at least 10 inches from the actual airbag unit.

Anti-Lock Brakes

Some anti-locking brake systems come with braking-assisted technology that can actually act quicker than you can. However, it is important to keep in mind anti-lock brakes won’t be nearly as effective if you are driving at a high rate of speed or driving erratically.

Traction Control

Traction control is mainly found in 4-wheel anti-lock braking systems and is designed to give you better control on the road. Even when your vehicle is equipped with traction control, make sure that you drive more slowly than you usually do and be sure to allow considerable following distance between you and the car in front of you when the weather is undesirable!


This is one instance when more is definitely better. If you are involved in a 2-vehicle crash the outcome tends to be in your favor if your vehicle is heavier.

Thorough research will put you one step ahead when it comes to ensuring you are buying a safe vehicle.

Now that we have provided you with a few tips on what to look for, check out this great list of vehicles that deliver!

According to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that looked at data between 2012-2017, the safest vehicles on the road are:

  • Audi Q7 SUV
  • Volkswagen (VLKAF) Tiguan two-wheel-drive SUV
  • Toyota Tacoma Double Cab long bed four-wheel-drive pickup
  • Mazda CX-9 two-wheel-drive SUV
  • Audi A6 all-wheel-drive
  • Jeep Cherokee all-wheel-drive SUV
  • BMW 535i and is
  • BMW 535xi
  • Lexus RX 350 two-wheel-drive SUV
  • Lexus CT 200h
  • Mercedes-Benz M-class SUV (called GLE-class in its current version)

Tri County Collision has provided the finest paint and body repair services, accompanied by unsurpassed customer service, since 1974. We use the innovative, sustainable paint products and coatings under the AkzoNobel family of products to return your car to a fresh-off-the-lot look. Give our team a chance to repair your dings, scratches and scuffs by calling us at 215.322.5350 or stopping by our shop at 995 Jaymor Road, Southampton, PA 18966