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Picking the Safest Cars for Your Fleet, Business

For many businesses, the time employees spend in their vehicles is one of the most dangerous part of their workday, so you’ll naturally want to do all that you can to keep your team safe. Picking the safest vehicles on the road and offering a driver safety program are just two ways you could keep your employees out of harm’s way.

The safest cars and trucks

For a list of the safest vehicles that you can buy for your business, turn to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2017 Top Safety Pick award winners.   

Most new cars, minivans, pickups and SUVs performed well in a range of crash tests conducted by IIHS. The safety experts at IIHS evaluate two aspects of safety: crashworthiness (how well a vehicle protects people in a crash) andcrash avoidance and mitigation (technology that can prevent an accident or reduce its severity).

To make the list, vehicles must earn good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint crashworthiness tests and also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. To earn the highest award, Top Safety Pick+, models also must have good- or acceptable-rated headlights, which is a new test criterion that IIHS launched in 2016.

For 2017, Toyota and its luxury brand Lexus led all manufacturers, with nine models earning the Top Safety Pick+ designation. Honda and its luxury brand Acura were second among manufacturers with five vehicles on the list, including the Honda Ridgeline in the large pickup category.

In all, 38 models earned the “plus” accolade, and 44 earned Top Safety Pick honors. To check out the full list of winners, go to the source article at

Driver safety program

“Choosing a safe vehicle is only half the challenge,” says Laurie Woodward, a regional risk consultant with Erie Insurance. “You can buy a five-star safety rated vehicle for your fleet or business, but it’s up to the employees to drive the vehicles in a safe manner.” 

A driver safety program can reduce the risks faced by your employees and protect your company’s bottom line. Erie Insurance’s risk control services can help you develop and implement fleet safety policies and training to motivate all your drivers to adopt safe driving habits. Get in touch with a local Erie Insurance agent for more details. 

ERIE® insurance products and services are provided by one or more of the following insurers: Erie Insurance Exchange, Erie Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Property & Casualty Company, Flagship City Insurance Company and Erie Family Life Insurance Company (home offices: Erie, Pennsylvania) or Erie Insurance Company of New York (home office: Rochester, New York).  The companies within the Erie Insurance Group are not licensed to operate in all states. Refer to the company licensure and states of operation information.

The insurance products and rates, if applicable, described in this blog are in effect as of July 2022 and may be changed at any time. 

Insurance products are subject to terms, conditions and exclusions not described in this blog. The policy contains the specific details of the coverages, terms, conditions and exclusions. 

The insurance products and services described in this blog are not offered in all states.  ERIE life insurance and annuity products are not available in New York.  ERIE Medicare supplement products are not available in the District of Columbia or New York.  ERIE long term care products are not available in the District of Columbia and New York. 

Eligibility will be determined at the time of application based upon applicable underwriting guidelines and rules in effect at that time.

Your ERIE agent can offer you practical guidance and answer questions you may have before you buy.