In just about every part of the US, if you want to register your motor vehicle, you’ll need to get mandatory car insurance that covers bodily injury and property damage liability. So if you live in Charlotte, Raleigh, or Greensboro, you should start comparing North Carolina car insurance quotes so you can see which insurance companies offer the best rates.

Safe and Unsafe Vehicles

It does help if you choose a “safe vehicle” to drive. In general, today’s new cars are safer. Modern cars are invariably safer than their older counterparts due to the use of more advanced safety technology.

The most important of these technologies is the electronic stability control system that automatically puts on the brakes on particular wheels if the sensors detect that the car is spinning out of control. Newer cars also tend to have stronger structural designs and more airbags. Seatbelts may not be considered new tech, but nowadays more people are using them.

Still, some cars are safer than others, so you may want to reconsider buying an affordable yet “more dangerous” car.

“Unsafe” Cars

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Statistics compiled from 2008 to 2011 traffic accident reports reveal that some cars are more frequently involved in driver deaths than others. While technically these cars are by no means unsafe, it’s still true that they have the highest rates of driver deaths during this period.

The deaths attributed to each aren’t the actual number of deaths, but the number of deaths per million registered vehicles. This rate is used so that popular vehicles aren’t considered unsafe merely because more people are driving it.

  • Kia Rio. During the time period considered, this model was responsible for the highest driver death rate at 149 deaths for every 1 million registered vehicles.
  • Nissan Versa. The hatchback was credited with 71 deaths during this period, but the sedan was even more dubious with 130 deaths.
  • Hyundai Accent. Ironically, the supposedly family 4-door model had 120 driver deaths. The “sportier” 2-door was only responsible for 86 deaths.
  • Chevrolet Aveo. The bigger wagon version only had 58 deaths, which is still considerable. The 4-door version is smaller and is responsible for 99 deaths.
  • Chevrolet Camaro. It’s another Chevy, and this time it’s the modern version of the famous pony car. It has been attributed to 80 deaths. That’s despite the fact that it’s a large car.
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew 4WD. Yes, it’s another Chevy. This time you have a large pickup, which didn’t prevent the 79 driver deaths.
  • Honda Civic. This has always figured as perennially one of the bestselling vehicles in the US, so it’s surprising that it’ll figure high on this list. The 2-door sedan version has been credited with 76 driver deaths.
  • Ford Focus. It’s true that many consider the Focus as a safe car to drive. Nonetheless, 70 deaths have been attributed to it.
  • Nissan Cube. This car looks cute and unassuming, and it certainly doesn’t exude speed. 66 drivers who perished at the wheel have driven it.
  • Chevrolet HHS. It’s a station wagon, yet it’s a bit small. It may also not offer the protection that you can expect from a large vehicle, as it’s been held responsible for 61 deaths in the above-mentioned time frame.
  • Chevrolet Suburban 1500. If you’re keeping track, this is the 5th Chevy on this list so far. It’s a very large SUV and that should have made it an inherently safe vehicle. Yet it has 60 deaths attributed to it.

Safer Vehicles

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So which are the safer alternatives? If you want to play it safe, try these models instead:

All these vehicles have at least one thing in common: during the period in question, none of their drivers died. In terms of safety, that’s always a good sign!


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