Car Safety Blog
January 17, 2020
A Health Resolution: Get Your Car Safety Rating
We love a good statistic at our car safety rating site The Auto Professor. But the numbers around keeping New Year’s resolutions are pretty dire. While some 60 percent of people make resolutions, only 8 percent of us will actually achieve them. And when it comes to health-related resolutions like eating right or getting in […]
January 8, 2020
Comparing Safety Ratings of Sports Cars
“Tell him, tell him” Shortly after launching our website, a retired woman expressed concern about the safety ratings of sports cars. She encouraged me to tell her husband what is the safety rating of his 2017 Porsche 911. His beloved 2017 Porsche 911 has a safety rating Auto Grade of D-. The wife responded, “I […]
December 2, 2019
Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5: Comparing Compact SUV Safety Ratings
Compact SUVs are some of the hottest selling vehicles. Here’s what appeals to these buyers: The driver sits higher than a crossover or a sedan. The steering is pretty easy. The trunk (or the boot, if you’re from the British Isles) storage is accessible. How about the compact SUV safety ratings? Here is a head-to-head […]
November 20, 2019
What is the most important safety feature in a car? The Auto Professor Answers
What is the most important safety feature in a car? It depends on who you are.
In 2006, my car was hit from behind twice, in three weeks. I wish those drivers had forward collision warning systems. If they had, maybe my neck wouldn’t still hurt.
Both crashes were the result of young drivers not paying attention.
November 6, 2019
Tesla Safety Rating: Is the Tesla Model 3 the Superhero We Need?
Does the Tesla Safety Rating Make it a Superhero? When a superhero enters a movie screen, all our fears and anxieties suddenly disappear. We start breathing again and see the future. We know that the superhuman will rescue the well-intentioned characters from disaster and extinction. Things may seem hopeless, but we still hope for a […]
September 24, 2019
Toyota Camry vs Honda Accord Safety Rating – Which is Safer?
We are often asked to compare two popular cars – this is our first response to a frequent comparison, the 2017 Toyota Camry versus the Honda Accord. Overall, the Camry gets a better grade, but there are some age groups where the Accord performs better. […]
June 14, 2019
Being Cool: Coolest Cars Under 20K are Not the Safest
Kelley Blue Book recently named their 10 Coolest New Cars under $20,000. Their experts chose these vehicles to show the public that there are vehicles with “more affordable price that don’t sacrifice comfort and style.” The editors are very frank in saying that their list is compiled based on a “very subjective ‘cool factor’ “. […]
May 24, 2019
NHTSA Car Safety Questioned as Millions Hit the Road for Memorial Day
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Researcher says NHTSA star rating system gives public false sense of security PHOENIX – Millions of Americans will kick off summer road trips this weekend. But an auto safety expert from The Auto Professor says many top-rated cars are not as safe as people think they are. That’s because the 5-star system […]
April 12, 2019
J. D. Power Dependability Ratings Used in Combination with Auto Grades
J.D. Power dependability vehicle ratings and The Auto Professor’s Auto Grades rely upon totally different data for different purposes. J.D. Power has been collecting data on customer satisfaction since 1968, and publishing studies on vehicle Quality, Dependability, and Performance annually. Their broad studies are based on a sample of data collected from car owners, using […]
March 14, 2019
Consumer Reports Best Cars vs Auto Grades: Different Information for Car Buyers
Consumer Reports best cars reports provide different information for car buyers than Auto Grades. Consumer Reports best cars reports was recently published in its 2019 Auto Issue, containing multiple lists of ranked vehicles. The included information isn’t comprehensive enough to to give you the full story on the safety of a potential new car purchase, […]
February 20, 2019
IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKs vs. Auto Grades
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and The Auto Professor rate car safety differently. Laboratory Testing (IIHS) vs Real Experience (The Auto Professor) Laboratory rating systems are always limited. When IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKs are selected based on the results of their laboratory crash tests, the awards are always within class and size categories. As […]
February 6, 2019
How “Murphy’s Law” Helped Make Our Roads Safer: Seat Belt History
Murphy’s Law is a widely used phrase that means, “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.” This idea has been around a long time, but where did it originate? There are a few different versions, but one links it to seat belt history. In 1949, Dr. John Paul Stapp, a medical officer at […]