Did you know that over 37,000 Americans are killed each year in car crashes? Not only that but traffic injuries are expected to become the fifth leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.

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It’s not like driving to work and back is a death sentence though. Most drivers and roads are safe, and the majority of people will never experience a road-related tragedy. With ongoing education regarding defensive driving, distracted driving and road safety, American drivers are more equipped than ever to avoid accidents.

But as the saying goes, you can only control yourself – and that means it’s not up to you when you cross paths with a distracted driver. One way to reduce the risk of injury? Drive a Saab.

Auto safety in Sweden is held in pretty high regard. In no particular order, here are 5 reasons why Saabs are among the world’s safest cars:

The Älgtest


Literally translated to Moose Test, the Älgtest measures a car’s ability to evade suddenly appearing obstacles. In Sweden, moose and elk are very real dangers that don’t tend to look both ways before they cross the street. Saabs must pass this test in order to reach production, and they’re better for it. If you can dodge a moose, you can dodge pretty much anything—including children, fallen obstacles, and other cars.

Top Safety in the Industry

According to a Highway Loss Data Institute report, the 1998-2000 Saab 9-3 five door, 9-3 convertible, and 9-5 sedan finished top in their respective groups in overall safety. In the study, HLDI measured how often these cars were involved in accidents and the frequency with which these accidents resulted in injuries. This study proves that while Saab puts a lot of work into their safety philosophies and structures, their real-life applications are effective at protecting passengers.

Teen Bracket

On average, six teens aged 16-19 die every day from automobile related deaths. A Saab just might make them a little safer. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a used Saab 9-5 sedan tops the list of safest used cars for teen drivers. Plus, they won’t break the bank.

Industry Ratings

Since 2010, the Saab 9-5 has received the highest safety rating possible from the IIHS. That means they’ve received a “Good” score for moderate front overlap, side, roof strength, and head restraints. The consistency of these ratings year after year showcases Saab’s dedication to safety over time.

According to the Folksam Insurance Company, the Saab 9-5 is 43% safer than the average car. And if everyone in Sweden were to drive a Saab, that’d mean 120 lives saved in a year.

Real Life

It’s one thing to tout awards, numbers, and ratings when talking about the safety of vehicles. It’s another to hear from actual Saab drivers who are able to tell their stories today because of the incredible safety engineering of their vehicles.

Take this story from Saabs United, which tells the tale of a daughter who walked away from an accident thanks to the safety features of her Saab.

According to SaabNet, the driver, his wife and infant child walked away from this accident in a 900.

And this teen walked away from this Saab-involved accident too. Sensing a pattern?

There’s no way to tell, objectively, if Saabs are indeed the safest car in the world. But based on the evidence above, we’d be hard-pressed not to put money on them.