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Car Safety Blog

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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.

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 […]

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.                     […]

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’ “. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]


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 […]

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 […]

The Auto Professor Receives Child Seat Safety Certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Auto Professor® Goes Back to School to Help Parents Better Protect Their Children on the Road PHOENIX (January 28, 2019) — National automobile safety expert and founder of The Auto Professor®, Dr. Norma Hubele, became certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) earlier this month. Administered through the prestigious international […]

What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Young Drivers on the Road

Road crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths annually. For many parents, handing their teenager the keys to the car can be very scary. That fear for your young drivers is not irrational. It’s founded in real statistics. Every year, according to the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), road crashes are the leading […]

More Information Worth Knowing about Forward Collision Warning & Automatic Emergency Braking

Sorting out new crash avoidance and driver assistance technologies like automatic braking system can be very difficult. In 4 Questions to Ask When Buying a Car with Forward Collision Warning & Automatic Emergency Braking, you find an introduction to get started learning about these systems. You can also find some important questions to ask your […]

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