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When you are about to pick the car of your dreams, don’t let a flashy surface steal all your attention. Choosing vehicles with outstanding safety systems is essential part in avoiding or mitigating the effects of motor vehicle crashes.

The International Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a nonprofit scientific and educational organization has been helping owners and future car owners assess the crashworthiness of vehicles. Top-notch vehicles are recognized through the Top Safety Pick+ Awards.
  • Why the Top Safety Pick+ Matters
It is the toughest safety score to earn in the American vehicle market as the IIHS continues to add requirements and sets the bar higher every year or two. Good or acceptable headlights are the standard equipment needed for vehicles to qualify for the Top Safety Pick+ award. Vehicles should also have advanced or superior front crash prevention systems. Apart from these, the Institute conducts six crashworthiness evaluations – moderate overlap front, driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats.
  • Mazda is a Standout in Safety
In the 2020 Top Safety Pick+ Awards, Mazda earned more awards than any other automaker. The Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback, Mazda6, CX-3, and CX-5 vehicles have been awarded Top Safety Pick+ awards. Moreover, the CX-9 crossover set the standard on headlights after it was recognized as Top Safety Pick for 2020 Model Year. Mazda earned good ratings in the six crashworthiness evaluations conducted. The vehicles were also tested on front crash prevention in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian and earned advanced or superior ratings.
  • Advanced Safety Technologies
What stood out, even more, is Mazda’s i-Activsense which covers a series of advanced safety technologies such as Advanced Smart City Brake Support with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning System with Lane-Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Control, Adaptive Front-Lighting System, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

These safety features use detection sensors such as quasi-milliwave radar and cameras. These tools help drivers determine potential hazards. The pre-crash technologies will also help avert collisions or minimize their severity in situations and cases where they cannot be prevented.

Want a more enjoyable and confident driving experience? Stop by O’Daniel Automart Mazda today!
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