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Old 09-27-2009, 04:16 PM   #51
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This whole "bigger vehicles are safer" argument is just dumb. By that logic, EVERYONE should drive bulldozers and Greyhounds, cuz they're teh s4fer.
Actually, it's completely correct. But what everyone fails to do is to separate weight from size.

Larger vehicles are safer (when the weight remains the same). You get more crush distance to absorb a given energy.
Heavier vehicles are more dangerous to their occupants (when the size is held constant). The same crush distance has to absorb more energy.

Several recent analyses of NHSTA crash data have validated these findings.
(I can't be arsed to dig them up right now...)
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Old 09-27-2009, 08:43 PM   #52
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Actually, it's completely correct. But what everyone fails to do is to separate weight from size.

Larger vehicles are safer (when the weight remains the same). You get more crush distance to absorb a given energy.
Heavier vehicles are more dangerous to their occupants (when the size is held constant). The same crush distance has to absorb more energy.

Several recent analyses of NHSTA crash data have validated these findings.
(I can't be arsed to dig them up right now...)
well, it depends. when the heavy car hits a stationary object like a concrete barrier, then there is more momentum to dissipate. but if it hits a movable object, like another car, it will transfer that momentum and deal more damage to the other guy.

Imho, I'd buy a modern well designed but agile car. that way I can avoid some accidents (Saabaru got around a suicidal Ford pickup this morning) and survive the others.
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