April 12, 2016|Volume 51, Number 4

Cover story

Tough test for pickups Ford F-150 nabs lone good rating for small overlap protection

Some 2016 model large pickups aren't as tough as they look when it comes to performance in a small overlap front crash.  

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March 30, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 3

In the darkNew ratings show most headlights need improvement

The first IIHS headlight evaluations find only one midsize car with a good system available.

Few drivers use their high beams, study finds

Observations in Michigan show that most drivers don't turn on their high beams when they should, even on the darkest roads.

Changes coming to federal 5-star safety ratings program

Among the changes outlined in a sweeping proposal are a new oblique frontal crash test and ratings for crash avoidance and pedestrian protection.

February 26, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 2

Long haulMandate for electronic logging devices is finally on the books

A historic mandate for electronic logs is bringing trucker work-rule compliance into the 21st century. The change comes more than 29 years after IIHS first petitioned for it.

Front crash prevention may be required for large trucks

Large trucks could get a major safety upgrade if the U.S. mandates front crash prevention systems on big rigs.

U.S. can do better than simply adopt Canada's rear underride guard standard

A proposed upgrade to rear underride guard rules for tractor-trailers is a step in the right direction, but the changes should go further.

January 28, 2016 |Volume 51, Number 1

Crashes avoidedFront crash prevention slashes police-reported rear-end crashes

Both autobrake and forward collision warning are helping drivers avoid a pitfall of driving on congested roads, an IIHS study shows.

Front crash prevention goes by many names

Manufacturers often use their own terms for common features.

Drivers of all ages benefit from Honda crash avoidance features

Optional technology on the Honda Accord is preventing crashes for drivers of all ages, with drivers under 25 seeing the biggest benefit, new HLDI analyses show.

Most Honda owners turn off lane departure warning

Forward collision warning is much more likely than lane departure warning to be turned on in Hondas with both features.

Teens get back in driver's seat as economy picks up

More teenagers are insured to drive than a few years ago. The increase comes as teenage unemployment has fallen.