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2013 Honda Accord Coupé Concept.Credit: Wikipedia.

2013 Honda Accord Coupé Concept.
Credit: Wikipedia.

So … what are the safest cars on the road today in 2013?

Well, here’s one list — we’ll let you decide whether you agree.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has published its annual list of Top Safety Picks.

These are the vehicles they say offer “superior crash protection.”

Their higher-tier Top Safety Pick+ award is given to cars with good ratings for protecting occupants in several measures.

To give you an idea of how difficult it is to earn the latter honor — 117 were given the former while only 13 garnered the other.

Surprisingly, most of those did not belong to the luxury sedan category.

In fact, the Volvo S60 and the Acura TL were the only two luxury sedans that made the list. The other 11 cars were: The Honda Accord (BOTH the sedan and coupe, see picture inset above) Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200, Ford Fusion, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima, Subaru Legacy and OutbackVolkswagen Passat and the Suzuki Kizashi.

See the link to the press release from Autoblog here.

The Dodge Avenger
Credit: Wikipedia.

Here’s a story for those of you that are superstitious.

But then again, if you are, this may be exactly the type of story you want to avoid reading. Scared? Well maybe you should be: “Bad luck” on the road sure isn’t anything that we want to contemplate.

CNBC actually compiled a list of “bad luck” cars based on info from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. You can read their report here:

Smaller vehicles tend to dominate the list as you might expect but there are some solid reasons for that other than size.

We were surprised that the Dodge Avenger was there in 8th place. Perhaps that’s because of its class-leading 283 horsepower V6 engine.

Apparently a lot of drivers can’t handle a little power!

Check out full coverage of this “bad luck” story from and Yahoo here:

10 Bad Luck Cars

The numbers don’t lie.

Scary stats from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash data show that the Fourth of July is the deadliest day for teenaged drivers. The report also shows that it’s a time for all other holiday drivers to be especially wary as well.

For parents, Independence Day driving is no joke — with their teen sons and daughters involved in four times more car crashes than any other other age group.

The IIHS numbers indicate that more than 800 in the U.S. have been killed in car accidents on the Fourth of July between 2006-2010 — and if the upward trend continues, there will be 140 more killed this year.

Texting and cell phone use among teens is the leading cause of distracted driving crashes, so parents should make sure to warn teens about cell phone use when driving, talk to them about the dangers of drinking and other distractions — and, heck, if all else fails install teen tracking tech on their car to track their location and speeding habits.

And heck, remind them to wear a seat belt too. Don’t be afraid of teenaged eye-rolling, sighs and harumphs that mom or dad is “not cool.” This holiday driving season, it’s too important to communicate and keep your family safe and secure.

This holiday season, please stay smart and take steps to educate your family.

Happy birthday, America, have fun.

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