Behind the scenes with IIHS Research Team

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) does more than just crash new cars into barriers and post a thirty-second to a minute video on YouTube. In their latest video, the organization showcases their research department and describes how they play a critical role in highway safety.

At the beginning of the video, we are introduced to Anne T. McCartt, the senior VP of research. She explains that her team looks into everything related to highway safety like motorcycles, crash avoidance, child safety and driver behavior. She points out that IIHS participated in early research of driving under the influence of alcohol, the usage of seat belts, and as well as having a hand in one of the first “click it or ticket” campaigns. Next, we are introduced to Wen Hu, the research transportation engineer, whose responsibility is to look into improving the movement of traffic and safety of the pedestrians. Afterwards, we meet Ian Reagan, the senior research scientist at IIHS, who looks into how drivers interact with their vehicles. Team members are tasked with different aspects of highway safety, but most of them rely on crash databases to help with their research. It should also be noted that IIHS conduct their own studies and one of their recent studies looked at the benefits of a vehicle fitted with adaptive vs. fixed headlights.

IIHS crash testing 09 Chevrolet Malibu and 59 Bel Air
IIHS crash testing 09 Chevrolet Malibu and 59 Bel Air

Over the decades, child passenger safety has greatly evolved thanks to the research conducted by the IIHS. Their research has highlighted the benefits of children sitting in the backseats, as well as improving the belt fitting on booster seats. The agency is also trying to find ways on improving the LATCH systems in cars and are also ranking the system, based on its weight-bearing capabilities. The IIHS research team has also helped in improving teen safety as much as child safety by recommending parents which used cars they should and should not be buying for their teens as their first car. Lastly, IIHS research team have also played a big role in the graduated teen driver license law, as they monitor how a teen reacts and interacts during various driving situations.

To find out how the IIHS research team contributes to the advancement of vehicle and highway safety, checkout the following video:

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Video Source: IIHS via YouTube

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