Many people believe full-sized cars, SUVs and pickup trucks are safer than compact cars. As collision repair experts, we can verify this, but there’s more to the story. To say that bigger cars are safer can be a bit of an overgeneralization; there are just too many variables involved.
Bigger Cars Are Safer, But…
In a head-on collision between mismatched vehicles, the law of physics dictates the smaller car is going to bear the major brunt of impact. This doesn’t mean, however, that choosing a large vehicle is automatically the best safety bet.
Check the Safety Rating
Larger cars are higher off the ground, making them more prone to rollovers, and high-safety rated small cars are better than mediocre-safety rated large cars. In fact, the Toyota Prius, a compact car, has a lower driver fatality rate than several larger vehicles of the same model year. You can look up the comparisons here.
New Car Technology Makes Daily Commute Safer
Cars are much safer now than they were two decades ago due to sturdier car frame materials, such as carbon fiber, which redirect crash forces. Also, new car technology has made daily commuting safer than ever. Electronic stability control, for example, is now mandatory in all vehicles manufactured after 2011. It drastically reduces the odds of a rollover or the car’s skidding out of control.
We Handle Collision Repairs on Cars of all Sizes
It’s better to look at the overall safety rating rather than the size of the car alone. In any case, bring your car to Absolute Auto Body if a collision does take place. Our full range of service covers repairs, car rental, towing and painting. All of our repairs are backed by a warranty. Contact us today!
Generally Bigger Cars are Safer, But Car Size is Only One of Many Factors
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