January 28, 2016|Volume 51, Number 1

Cover story

Crashes avoided Front 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.


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