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Report: SUVs now considered among safest for drivers in a crash

It appears bigger might be better when it comes to your safety on the road.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a new report Thursday, which shows drivers of newer sport utility vehicles are now among the most likely to survive a crash.

Driver death rates were lowest for SUVs like the Ford Edge and the Nissan Armada.

SUVs were once known for their high rollover rates.

However, researchers credit the required installation of electronic stability control, which uses brakes and engine power to keep vehicles on the road, making them safer.

"We think that electronic stability control is certainly a primary factor," Anne McCartt with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said. "Many SUVs have also been redesigned to make them less likely to be tippy."

Minivans also scored well in the report.

However, researchers say smaller cars now have the highest driver death rates. That includes the Chevy Cobalt and the Nissan 350-Z two door.

For more on the new report, click the link attached to this story.


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