Highway Loss Data Institute http://michiganradio.org en If you want safest car, choose the hybrid version of it http://michiganradio.org/post/if-you-want-safest-car-choose-hybrid-version-it <p>A highway safety group says people are 25% less likely to be injured in a crash in a hybrid car, than in the non-hybrid version of that car.</p><p>Matt Moore is with the Highway Loss Data Institute.&nbsp; He says it&rsquo;s possible &nbsp;people in the hybrid cars might be driving slower, to maximize their gas mileage.</p><p>But he thinks the explanation more likely involves simple physics, because the smaller and lighter vehicle in a crash will absorb most of the impact.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Hybrids tend to be heavier,&quot; says Moore.&nbsp; &quot;On average, they&rsquo;re about 10% heavier than their non-hybrid counterparts, and we believe that extra weight gives them an advantage when they&rsquo;re in crashes.&quot;</p><p>On the other hand, hybrids are not safer for pedestrians.&nbsp; Moore says hybrid cars are more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents than non-hybrid cars.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s probably because hybrids that run in electric-only mode are very quiet, and people are more likely to walk out in front of them. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Tracy Samilton 5028 at http://michiganradio.org And the most stolen vehicle is...(tear envelope)... "the Cadillac Escalade" http://michiganradio.org/post/and-most-stolen-vehicle-istear-envelope-cadillac-escalade <p>The Cadillac Escalade is the number one target of thieves, according to an annual study by the Highway Loss Data Institute.</p><p>The Escalade has been in the top ten for many years in a row.</p><p>Matt Moore of the Institute says his theory is, thieves like to take vehicles that are associated with high status and glamour.</p><p>&quot;There&rsquo;s probably no other vehicle which is more likely to be featured or seen when you&rsquo;re watching television and see coverage of a professional athlete or actor or movie star,&quot; says Moore.</p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 04:00:01 +0000 Tracy Samilton 3906 at http://michiganradio.org And the most stolen vehicle is...(tear envelope)... "the Cadillac Escalade"