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

 In Auto Grades, Vehicle Safety

Personal Auto Grades give you a great advantage over other car safety rating systems. Why is this important to you?

Consider this:

  • Are you the same driver you were twenty years ago? It’s likely that your driving style has changed over the years.
  • Does your partner drive in the same way that your newly licensed teenager does? Of course not. Teenagers are more likely to be killed by road crashes than anything else.
  • Does your senior parent have different protection needs from their automobile? Statistically, 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. Because we’re dedicated to helping you choose the best car to protect each driver, we’ve created Auto Grades. This easy to understand safety rating empowers you to find the safest car for your specific driver, not just an anonymous car crash dummy.

How to Personalize Your Auto Gradean image of a personal auto grade and what it means

Personalizing your Auto Grade is easy! Simply visit the Auto Grade search page and enter the make, model and year of the car. First, the system generates an overall Auto Grade and explains the reason for that grade.

Next to the Auto Grade search result, you’ll see a box labeled “Get Your Personalized Auto Grade.” If there’s enough data for that car, you can enter your age and gender for an individualized Auto Grade based on that information.

We strongly encourage you to use this feature because not all people are protected equally in all cars. Here’s an example:

Automotive safety experts have known for decades that crash outcomes have different results depending on gender and age – but Auto Grades is the only safety rating system that takes those differences into account.

Watch this video for more information about personalizing your Auto Grade.

What are Auto Grades?

Auto Grades are car rankings based on real-life crash data, not controlled lab experiments with crash test dummies. They offer unbiased information about how well a car protected real people on real roads and help consumers make meaningful comparisons.

Each Auto Grade considers a vehicle’s historical crash experience. This means what really happened to real people in real crashes on real roads; which drivers walked away and which didn’t. Using 30 years of extensive auto safety knowledge, data mining expertise, and federal crash statistics, The Auto Professor has evaluated over 4,000 vehicles.

Try it for yourself here and the drivers in your family. Do as many searches as you want for free.

It is Easy to Compare Vehicle Safety Ratings

Auto Grades are easy to understand, with grades from A to F (just like in school).

Auto Grades is also the only safety rating system that lets you easily compare from among different types of vehicles. Other safety ratings only compare cars of a similar weight and class. Auto Grades, however, grades vehicles compared to all other vehicles, regardless of weight, class, or size, so you can compare subcompacts, midsize sedans, SUVs, and anything between.

Learn more about crash tests and comparing vehicle safety ratings.

The Bottom Line in Personal Vehicle Safety

The bottom line is that not all vehicle safety ratings are created equal and not all drivers are the same. With its easy to understand A-F ranking and real-life data, The Auto Professor gives you the power to make informed decisions when buying a car – with no fine print and no restrictions. The Auto Professor’s goal is to create a world where everyone walks away from a crash.


Car safety is personal. Now that you know why you need a personal Auto Grade, use the search bar below to find one for yourself. It’s quick, free, and easy to use.

Where does this car accident data come from?

The Auto Professor uses data from the gold standard in car crash statistics: the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). The data is based on real-life crash information, not controlled lab experiments with crash test dummies. The data has been used by safety researchers to measure how well seatbelts and airbags protect people.

FARS collects data from all fatal traffic accidents in the 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Eligible accidents involve motor vehicles traveling on public roads that result in a person’s death within 30 days of the crash.

Watch a video about it here.

Why should Auto Grades be personalized?

You need a personal Auto Grade because not all people are protected equally in all cars. Why? Because we become more vulnerable as we age – our vascular system stiffens, our muscles atrophy, and our bones lose density. Also, men and women have different bone structure and musculature, affecting how they respond to physical trauma.

Why don’t you have personal Auto Grades for every car?

Sometimes the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, where The Auto Professor gets its data, doesn’t always have enough information to create a personalized Auto Grade. This is especially common with newer cars.

How can I improve car safety?

The best way to improve car safety is to choose the right car for the driver. Start with a personal Auto Grade. The Auto Professor’s Auto Grades are the only safety ratings that factor in age and gender when creating rankings, so everyone can find the car that’s safest for them.

Working together to create a world where everyone walks away from a crash.