Driving a automobile can be a very dangerous thing. There are hosts of different factors that come into play when getting behind the wheel: personal competence, the competence of the other drivers on the road, and the weather, just to name a few. There are tons and tons of considerations and thoughts that go through a person’s head when they step behind the wheel- and one of those things, is the relative safety of the car they are getting behind the wheel of- as some makes and models of cars are much safer than others. Here is a top 5 list of the safest cars of 2011 and 2012, according to Forbes.

1. The BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is one of the safest- if not the safest- car on the road at all times. Although the $45,000 price tag for the brand new model is a bit expensive for most, it is very worth it because of the longevity, reliability and safety of the vehicle. BMW has always put a lot of emphasis on the safety of their car models, and it is no different for the BMW 5 Series, which is the latest and greatest in a line of cars that have always been great and respected in the industry- especially among safety experts and car insurers.

2. Buick LaCrosse
The Buick LaCrosse is another one of those models and car manufacturers that has always had a reputation as one of the safest vehicles on the road. But, unlike the BMW 5 Series, the Buick LaCrosse price tag is much more affordable at around $25,000 on average. This large, luxury sedan is always among the highest safety rated cars on the road year in and year out, so it is something you can always bank on.

3. Cadillac CTS Sedan
Yet again, another luxury sedan ranks among the most safest cars in the entire world. In case you have not noticed the trend yet, large, luxury sedans are essentially the safest cars on the road- no matter the make, expense or model of the car. The only thing is that these cars- and the price tags associated with them- tend to be out of the range for most new car buyers in the market- yet they are the safest and most reliable models, which comes in handy especially for parents and their ilk.

4. Chevrolet Cruze
Finally, a safe car that is made for the middle class. With a price tag that is usually around $16,000, the Chevrolet Cruze is one of the most affordable cars on the list of most safest cars on the road. The Chevrolet Cruze is a small sedan, and is not considered luxury, so it is the perfect option for a small family that looks to be safe while on the road.

5. Lincoln MKS
This is another one of those large luxury sedans that cost quite a pretty penny. But, never the less, the Lincoln MKS is still one of the safest cars on the road at any given moment, and that can not be overestimated.

Safety is a big deal for Vicki, who has a 14 month old son at home. She writes in her free time and keeps up on the latest criminal justice programs with hopes of attending one soon.