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The 5-Star Safety Ratings Program: What Is It, Where to Find Scores

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One of the most reliable ways to determine the safety of vehicle is to check it the safety rating it was assigned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has been scoring vehicles’ safety since 1978.

The NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings Program has been continually evolving since then, adapting to the latest safety technology. Today, the program evaluates both crash protection and rollover safety, making its scores remarkably thorough. In fact – the NHTSA is the only organization that rates rollover resistance as well as frontal and side crash protection.

The scoring is simple. There are five possible stars that a vehicle can earn, where only receiving one star is the worst possible score and five stars is equivalent to the best possible score. Any vehicle that gets a 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA reflects the best that the industry has to offer, while 4-Star vehicles are also impressively safe.

You can look up the specific safety ratings of vehicles here, at safecar.gov, to see where your prospective vehicle lies on the spectrum. One thing is for sure: when it comes to safety ratings, the NHTSA has your back.

For more information on vehicle safety or to check out the many available 5-Star Safety Ratings vehicles we have, contact us or visit us anytime at Nick Nicholas Ford Lincoln.

Keep Your Car Running Smoothly and Safely With These Preventative Maintenance Tips

When it comes to car care, preventative maintenance can go a long way in ensuring that your vehicle lives a long, efficient life – getting you where you need to go safely and properly.

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What can I do to protect my vehicle?

Not sure where to start? Check out these preventative maintenance tips:

  • Never forget to check your fluids, starting with your oil. Regular oil changes are important to keep your engine running smoothly.
  • Your other fluids, such as the coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid need regular care as well. You can find out how frequently in your owner’s manual.
  • Once a month or so, you should check out your tires. Look for the appropriate air pressure, adequate tire tread, and proper alignment.
  • If you ever feel like your brakes are performing subpar, don’t wait until it’s too late. Schedule an appointment with a professional.
  • Lastly, check out all of your lights every once in a while. Otherwise, if a light was broken in the back, how would you know?

For more information or to visit the experts at our service department, contact us or visit us anytime here at Nick Nicholas Lincoln! We carry new Ford and Lincoln models, as well as many used makes, models and years.