The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has announced that Tesla Model Y has earned its Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards for 2023, a stellar achievement considering especially that the IIHS has updated their criteria and made them more stringent this year, compared to previous years (only 65 models made the cut this year, compared to 101 in previous years).
Winning safety awards is not news for Tesla: In 2020, Model Y earned a 5-star safety rating in every category from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and in 2019 it was Model 3's turn to rake in the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ accolade.
So, what makes Tesla one of the safest vehicles on the road?
The first factor that makes Tesla so safe is their unique construction. Tesla vehicles are built with a rigid, reinforced frame that is designed to distribute energy from an impact across the entire structure of the car, with a patented side sill structure and crumple zones in the front and the rear to soften impact. This helps to reduce the impact of a collision on passengers and decreases the likelihood of injury.
Additionally, the battery packs in Tesla vehicles are located in a reinforced area of the car's underbody, reducing rollover risk and providing additional protection to the vehicle's occupants. Tesla battery packs are also designed to spread heat away from the cabin and the battery, which helps prevent fires and protects the vehicle's passengers. From 2012 to 2020 in the US, Tesla vehicles are approximately 10 times less likely to catch fire per mile driven compared to an average gas vehicle.
Another feature that contributes to the safety of Tesla is their advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Tesla's Autopilot technology includes features such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind spot collision warning, lane departure avoidance, and adaptive cruise control, all of which can help prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. In fact, studies have shown that vehicles equipped with ADAS are significantly less likely to be involved in accidents than those without.
One of the most impressive safety features of Tesla is their active safety system, which uses a combination of cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors to detect potential hazards on the road. (Note that the use of radar has recently been replaced by the new pure vision technology). This system can detect objects up to 250 meters away and can even see through fog and rain. If the system detects an imminent collision, it can automatically apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the impact.
In addition to these features, Tesla also conducts extensive testing and research to ensure that their vehicles are as safe as possible. They use advanced computer simulations to model various crash scenarios, which allows them to optimize the design of their cars for maximum safety. They also conduct real-world crash tests, which have resulted in Tesla vehicles earning top safety ratings from organizations such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
Overall, there are many reasons why Teslas are extremely safe vehicles. Their unique construction, advanced driver assistance systems, active safety system, and rigorous testing and research all contribute to making them some of the safest cars on the road. As more and more people recognize the importance of safety when it comes to choosing a vehicle, it is no wonder that Teslas are becoming an increasingly popular choice for drivers around the world.
For more information about Tesla's approach to safety, please visit tesla.com/safety.
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