There are a lot of things to think about when you’re considering a new car. What kind of vehicle do you want? Do you want a four or six-cylinder engine? What color is it going to be? As you take all of these things into account, you should also look at the safety options. The list is extensive. You can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for more information on these features.

You might also want to consider the annual vehicle crash ratings distributed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These ratings take into account how well a vehicle protects its passengers in a crash. You can find the IIHS’ ratings here.

One of the primary purposes of a vehicle is to get you to your desired destination as safely and efficiently as possible. If you find yourself in a fender-bender along the way, a moment spent thinking about safety could save you and your passengers from serious injury or death.