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Crash-Avoidance Tech Proves Its Worth for Younger Drivers

Features warning drivers of an impending collision or taking measures such as applying the brakes automatically are more likely to help drivers under 25 avoid a crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data.

Looking at insurance data, the IIHS found that collision and property damage liability claims for drivers 25 and younger were lower in vehicles fitted with crash-avoidance gear, including automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning systems, than they were for cars not equipped with such tech. The IIHS says it looked at Honda, Kia, and Subaru vehicles equipped with and without those automakers’ active safety tech.

The IIHS said it found a larger reduction in claims for Subaru and Kia cars equipped with a full automatic emergency braking system versus Honda vehicles equipped only with a warning system.

Nearly all 2021 and 2022 models built by all three automakers now come standard with automatic emergency braking systems. However, shoppers in the market for a used car will want to ensure the manufacturer originally installed such features at the factory. Automatic emergency braking systems are not retrofittable at a later date since they use various sensors or cameras and different computers and wiring harnesses. See used car models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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