What Is the Small Overlap Frontal Crash Test?


There are so many kinds of crash tests, sometimes it’s hard to know what’s what. Which tests are most important, what do their scores mean, and how much of a roll should they play in your decision-making process? Here, we’ll cover the small overlap frontal crash test, so next time you see those scores, you’ll know exactly what they mean.

So, what is the small overlap frontal crash test?

No one plans to wrap their car around a tree or run the driver’s side into a light pole, but unfortunately it happens – and when it does, it’s often deadly. Enter the small overlap frontal crash test. The fairly new test (SOL), mimics the driver-side front 25 percent of a vehicle striking another car, a pole, or tree by ramming it against a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph.

According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, of the roughly 10,000 fatalities that were caused by frontal crashes in 2012, about 25 percent were the result of this small overlap phenomenon.

What should you look for?

When digging through safety ratings, look for the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ score, where the “+” indicates at least an Acceptable rating in the small overlap frontal crash test.

Here at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln, we put the safety of our customers and their families first. Below are some of our top picks for safe family cars. Next time you’re car shopping, make sure you take an extra moment to look at the small overlap frontal crash test results, and consider choosing a car that earns the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ rating. You can never be too protective of your precious cargo.

2014 Ford Edge

2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Lincoln MKZ

Stop by Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln today to test drive a safe car for your family!

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