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New Tests Show that Small SUVs Have Low-Quality Headlights
The headlights are one of the most important safety features on a person’s car. If you are someone driving a car with poor headlight performance, then you should consider swapping for a new one. But, how do you know if your headlights are no good? Unfortunately, those who have this issue never know until it is too late. That is why programs like The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conduct tests to find out which vehicles are performing at the highest level. They recently did a test and found that most small SUVs had low-quality headlights.
The quality of your vehicle's headlights is more important than you may think. Studies show that most traffic deaths happen during the nighttime, which is not too surprising. The amount of drunk drivers on the road also increases at night. The point is that everybody on the road should have good headlights to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of others. A lot of the responsibility also falls on the small SUV car brands who are focusing more on appearance than safety. These companies should be scrutinized when it comes to the quality of every safety feature on their automobiles.
So, what exactly did this new study find? Well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a series of tests on all different types of cars and their headlights. The results of the test found that 21 small SUVs did not have good headlights. In fact, only four of the brands were found to have acceptable headlights. This is very scary because it means that many people are driving around right now with headlights of poor quality. These kinds of overlooks are part of the reason why people get into car accidents.
Some of the SUVs that proved to have poor headlights were the Audi Q3, the Buick Encore, and the Jeep Renegade. And the list goes on. If you are driving around in a small SUV, you should not take this information lightly. And you should take every step possible to make sure you are safe as possible when driving in the nighttime. As this becomes more common knowledge, insurance companies will start charging more for people with small SUVs. Poor headlights mean higher risk. And higher risk means higher insurance premiums. If you own one of these vehicles, talk with your insurance agent to see whether or not you are paying more for the lack of safety.