Officials estimate another 40,000 traffic fatalities will occur in 2018, but they hope new, safer vehicles that are now hitting lots will begin to turn the tide on the number of those killed in auto accidents here in Colorado and across the U.S.

Discover how to search for, find, and select the safest vehicles before year’s end.

In just a few short months, the New Year will begin and with that comes newer, better-equipped, and safer vehicles on the market. Ratings are already out on a plethora of 2019 vehicles, and for anyone looking for a new car, now is the time to start your research and possibly your shopping.

Now is the right time to purchase a 2019 vehicle.

When purchasing a new vehicle, the first thing to consider is safety. There are dozens of styles, models, and brands of vehicles on the road. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, do you know if what you are looking to purchase is among the safest vehicles available? Several credible organizations are now releasing safety reports on 2019 cars, SUV’s, and trucks; taking the time to research safety features is an essential part of the new car buying process.

For those living in Colorado, one site has noted that the Subaru Ascent “is tops in safety ratings.” Since Subaru is one of the most popular automakers in the state, that is good news for residents. The even better news is that those who review sales note that the end of each month during the year is a great time to purchase a vehicle; buying towards the end of the year is also another prime time for new cars. So again, if you are looking to buy a new vehicle, now is the time to do your research as it’s getting active when it comes to sales.

2019 vehicles carry new safety features to help drivers avoid auto accidents.

Most new cars now have built-in standard safety features. However, before you go out shopping for that new car, truck, or SUV, it’s a good idea to see exactly what safety features are offered. One way of doing your homework is through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety ratings database. If you are looking for a 2019 vehicle, just put 2019 and the automaker you wish to purchase from in the search bar, and all vehicles made by that automaker will be listed with the 2019 ratings.

Based on what has been published, some improvements in the newer models to further promote safety include:

  • Updated avoidance systems that help reduce a wider range of auto accidents.
  • Audi now not only offers frontal auto-braking, and its new A8 vehicle now has a new suspension that, according to reports, can reduce the severity of an impact when the vehicle is hit from the side.
  • One of the new Mercedes-Benz vehicles now has a feature that can anticipate a side crash and actually moves front seat occupants toward the middle of the car to hopefully avoid more serious bodily injury.
  • Both Ford and Lincoln are now offering vehicles with new camera systems meant to help drivers avoid traffic accidents.

While all these new safety features will increase vehicle costs, the goal is to make our roads safer for everyone. Recent news reports do indicate that 2018 has seen a slight decrease in traffic fatalities, but safety officials don’t believe the reduction will last through the end of the year. Officials are anticipating that 2019 fatalities will reach the 2017 figure, which was estimated to be more than 40,000 people killed and hundreds of thousands injured. Hopefully, newer safety features will cut down on fatal car accidents moving forward as more and more automakers begin to offer these features in all makes and models.

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