Car Safety Blog

2022 Auto Grades Updated

We are excited to announce Auto Grades for the model year 2022! Rating nearly 5,200 vehicles, more than any other car safety rating system.

Will Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Improve Teen Safety?

Will Advanced Driver Assistance Systems keep teens safe? In a recent research study, parents and teens agree on some points and not on others.

Tiger Woods Teaches Us That SUV Safety Ratings Aren’t Enough

On the afternoon of Tiger Woods’ recent rollover crash, I received a text from a dear friend, Sally. She was upset by a USA Today article that raised the question, “Was Tiger Woods’ SUV safe?”

Traditional SUV safety ratings are based on laboratory crash tests, but here was an example of what happens in real life. Didn’t it prove that this SUV was safe?

Dog Seat Belt: Critical to Car Safety or Not?

The Auto Professor is all about car safety. That’s why Auto Grades are so important to us. But what about car safety and dog seat belts? The Auto Professor herself asked me as a researcher and a dog owner, to write what I have learned and experienced about car safety and dog safety in the car.

Why Do You Need a Personal Auto Grade? The Auto Professor Explains

Personal Auto Grades give you a great advantage over other car safety rating systems. Why is this important to you?
Consider that older drivers are more likely to be injured in a car crash than younger people, so their needs for a safe car are also different. That’s where The Auto Professor comes in.

Face Masks & Seat Belt Safety: How to Change Habits

These arguments against wearing face masks are nothing new. The same refrains were used in the 1980s by those who opposed government mandates on wearing seat belts. Yet seat belt safety is real. As a car safety expert, I think the history of seat belt adoption can teach us a lot about whether mandates work and how we might save more lives in the COVID-19 era.

How to Buy a Used Car in Arizona (and Make Sure It’s Safe)

If you want to buy a used car in Arizona, these are the things to keep in mind. The Auto Professor tells the how and why, especially how to make sure it is a safe used car and the safest for you and the drivers in your family. Read on…The Auto Professor explains.

Can You Buy a Car Without Test Driving It First? Yes!

It is possible to buy a car without test driving it first. Here’s how! If you want to buy a car without test driving, there are several things to decide on first and keep in mind. When and how do you check safety? The Auto Professor explains.

Young Driver Safety Tips: Shattered Phone Screen

Our young driver safety tips start with picturing a shattered phone screen. Now picture the shattered windshield of a car. The Auto Professor’s safety tips for teen drivers…

Safe Driving in Phoenix and Maricopa County

Are you driving in Phoenix? Then you will want extra protection to stay safe.
If you live in Maricopa County, AZ and drive a car, then you want to pay special attention. In 2018, 490 people died as a result of vehicle crashes in the county. That number is a 33% increase since 2014. In this article, The Auto Professor discusses several tips for driving safely in Phoenix.

The Safest Minivan of 2018, 2019, and 2020

When is finding the safest minivan the biggest concern in someone’s life? A friend of mine is currently having that moment. “We are in the market for a minivan!” That is how my friend Julie recently announced that she was expecting twins. When the twins arrive, Julie will have three children under 7 years of age. That means three child safety seats, which makes a minivan the obvious choice. And she wants the safest minivan. How does The Auto Professor help her find the safest minivan for her growing family? Read on…

Comparing Compact SUV Safety Ratings

Concerned about compact SUV safety ratings? Here is a head-to-head comparison for several of the most popular models. Read about how they compare here and then do your own search.

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