vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among Americans under 34 years
old. Deaths of female drivers have increased during the past 20
years while male driver deaths have declined, according to the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety. The reasons behind this trend? More women
now are licensed than in the past. Also, women drive more miles and are more likely
to be driving at night.
In continuing with our quest of keeping you safe
behind the wheel, we've compiled statistics and reports on crash tests, safety
ratings and other important criteria you should consider before purchasing a new
car or truck. And when researching crash tests, keep in mind that frontal impacts
accounted for 50 percent of passenger vehicle occupant deaths in 2001. Side impacts
accounted for 30 percent.
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tips on automotive concerns, check out RTM's Auto
Advice section and Auto
Insurance section, both with exclusive safety content provided to make
your life easier.