Are you aware just how many factors influence your auto insurance premium? You probably know some of them -- such as your credit score and driving record, how you use your vehicle and where you live, among others. But did you know that your vehicle's industry safety rating is also considered a significant factor?
Auto insurance companies consider your vehicle's safety features and the safety record for your particular make and model as well as their analysis of the industry rating and replacement value for each car, truck, van and SUV as they determine the risk level of your particular vehicle. Auto insurers study the risk of insuring a vehicle by considering the predictable items like anti-lock brakes, airbags and anti-theft devices as well as things like the amount of glass in the vehicle, whether or not it has acceptable traction control, daytime running lights and others.
Moreover, the results of industry-performed crash tests have a large impact on an insurer's decision.
All vehicles in the U.S. are evaluated for performance during crash testing (such as the testing performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Typically, the lower the risk assigned to a vehicle as a result of crash testing, the higher the crash test rating it receives. Of course, this has a direct impact on auto insurance rates. Get more details about Crash Testing by IIHS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs exhaustive testing on all sizes of cars, trucks, SUVs and vans. The Top Safety Picks for each year, published by the IIHS are based on 5 criteria:
- Good Frontal Crashworthiness based on a 40MPH frontal offset crash test
- Good Rear Crashworthiness based on the structure of the head restraint and a test of the seat and head restraints in the vehicle.
- Good Side Crashworthiness based on results when the vehicle's side is struck by a barrier at 31MPH
- Good Rollover Crashworthiness based on testing of the roof strength as compared to vehicle weight
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which is a measure of the degree to which a driver can maintain control when a vehicle might spin out
How can you control the impact of these factors on your auto insurance rates? When you are in the market for a new vehicle, simply look closely at that vehicle's crash test rating before purchasing it. In fact, we advise that you speak to an insurance agent such as those at the the Mader Insurance Agency to find out about insurance rates on the vehicle you intend to buy before signing the purchase agreement. We welcome your auto insurance questions; so feel free to contact us at your convenience.