Smarter driver: Rethinking SUV safetyBrian Cooley tells you why SUVs may be among the safest vehicles on the road.
Ten years ago were misguided in believing that their SUV was safer than a car, since a lot of them were not. Unstable by comparison. But now, thanks to improvements in and ubiquity of advanced stability control, something interesting has happened. SUVs are now clearly among the safest vehicles by several measures. The IIHS actually finds that from 2006 to 2009, there were only seven models of vehicles that had zero driver fatalities per million vehicles registered a year. Four of those seven. For an SUV the most of any vehicle class. And, generally, across all areas of driver depth, IAH finds that SUVs are twice for the driver than being in the average car. It pays to double check the SUV you're driving has stability control, of course. And know the new realities of the safest kinds of cars. More realities with modern driving revealed now at CNETOnCars.com. Click on smarter driver.