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How Tesla Makes The SAFEST Cars In The World

Updated: May 24, 2023

Tesla Model 3 in the IIHS Crash Test
Tesla Model 3 in the IIHS Crash Test

Teslas are some of the most popular cars on the road today. They’re cool, stylish, fun to drive, and environmentally friendly but what about one of the most important factors when it comes to shopping for a new car? Safety. Today I’m going to give you 5 reasons why Teslas are amongst if not the safest vehicles in the entire world.

Before we get into it, let’s run down some important facts.

Tesla has received full 5-star ratings in every category AND subcategories from both The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Model 3 and the Model Y both have achieved the lowest probability of injury of any vehicle ever tested. But why did it receive these ratings? and what exactly makes Teslas so safe?

  • One of the main reasons why Teslas are one of the safest cars on the road is due to the absence of an engine in the front of the car. Being that there is no engine, the steel and aluminum will crumple first and absorb most of the impact of an accident, preventing it from being transmitted to the driver and passenger.

  • Teslas are incredibly difficult to roll over because of the low center of gravity caused by the placement of the battery and electric motors which sit on the floor of the vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirms the Model Y has a rollover risk of only 8% which Tesla says it’s the lowest risk of any SUV ever built. When being struck from the side at high speeds, or even when pushed off the side of a hill, the Tesla will lean to its side as if it were to roll over but will be pulled back to the ground by the weight of the battery and electric motors.

  • The Tesla Roof can withstand more than 20,000 pounds of force, which is nearly six times its own weight. This means it can endure the weight of 5 model 3s or the equivalent to about two full-grown elephants, making it one of the world's most durable roofs on a car. The Teslas Roof has a strength-to-weight ratio score of "G" for Good, which is its maximum rating and better than any other electric vehicle ever tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This will shield you from harm if the vehicle is somehow able to be rolled over or if an object were to fall on top of it. I think this is one of the coolest safety features, let me know in the comments what you think!

  • The pillar structures and side sills of a Tesla are reinforced with high-grade steel which helps resist crumpling and absorb as much energy as possible upon collision, amazingly the sides of the car will actually crumple even less than the front of the car on impact. Not only that, but airbags, seat geometry, and restraints contribute to a high occupant protection score. The interior is built with heavy curtain airbags that cover all four side windows and a uniquely shaped front passenger airbag that protects the driver's head from striking the side pillars and infotainment screen in an accident.

  • Teslas are equipped with loads of safety technology features designed to prevent accidents in the first place. For example, it’s equipped with a combination of cameras, radars, and ultrasonic sensors, that can recognize obstacles and have the car act accordingly. Tesla's Autopilot system includes an automated emergency braking technology that will break the car on its own to avoid striking objects and earned a superior rating in front crash prevention tests. In the safety assist category, which examines things like lane assistance and automatic pedestrian braking, Tesla received an incredible score of 94 percent.

  • Over-the-air software upgrades are delivered to Teslas on a regular basis, adding new features and improving current functions via Wi-Fi. These updates can keep you safer by updating the autopilot system to be more aware of its surroundings, recognize and avoid objects better, detect flashing, emergency vehicle lights in low-light situations, and even notify you about low tire thread. These updates have also been found to resolve safety issues due to the fact that their computer is linked to virtually every mechanical component of your Tesla. What do you guys think of Tesla's ability to keep itself updated? Let me know in the comments below.

One negative thing that you should know about Teslas is that, like most new cars of this era, they are not equipped with a spare tire and the tires that do come with the car are not run-flat tires. Therefore, if you do have a minor accident involving your tires, you'll need to contact Tesla's roadside assistance, where they will come out to replace the tires or tow your car. For better peace of mind, I suggest keeping a tire repair kit with your tesla in case of this scenario. I recommend a portable air compressor kit that you can power with your Teslas 12v battery. If interested you can purchase my recommended kit at, my website that features must-have tesla accessories, apparel, and tesla news. The kit comes with everything you need to get back on the road in no time.

Tesla Tire Air Compressor Kit
Tesla Tire Air Compressor Kit

If you have time to stick around, In addition to these 5 reasons Teslas are some of the safest cars on the road today, I also wanted to touch base on its security features, since I do believe it can be tied in with its safety features.

Sentry Mode

Sentry Mode is a Tesla feature that allows you to keep an eye on suspicious activities near your car when it's parked and locked in certain places. Depending on the urgency of the hazard, your vehicle will react and record events to your car's hard drive. You may also use sentry mode to remotely inspect the area around your vehicle while it's parked to ensure that it is safe before returning to it. You can honk, flash, and communicate using the car's exterior speaker if equipped. Like most cars, the Tesla is also equipped with a car alarm that will trigger if any locked doors are opened without a key.

Cabin Camera

On the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, the interior camera can detect driver inattentiveness and give audible warnings to warn you to keep your eyes on the road while using Autopilot so that you are both secure and safe when driving.

What do you guys think about these security features? Comment below and let me know.

While doing my research for the Model 3, one of the most important concerns I had was the vehicle's safety. As my daily driver, I was concerned not only about whether the car would last but also about whether I would be safe in case of an accident. It's awesome to know that I can get a beautiful automobile with all of these qualities and more while also having complete confidence that I'll be safe behind the wheel. If you'd like to see 39 more reasons why I purchased a Tesla, check out my video on the 40 reasons why I bought a Tesla Model 3.

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