Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8865 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 2059 times:
Quoting BladeLWS (Reply 1): AND this is why I drive a Jeep and not a Smart Car...
Because the safety concept of the Smart Car works perfectly, giving the driver enough room to survive after a 70 mph crash? Or is it because the passenger door of the car opened and closed again after said crash?
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CPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4835 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 21 hours ago) and read 2038 times:
Vehicle size and mass don't solely determine safety in a crash. Design really can make a difference. Remember these photos, anyone?
I can still remember the episode of Top Gear where Jeremy Clarkson had a Volvo 240 thrown off a catapault a few times and it still started and was driveable! I think those must be the safest vehicles on the road...
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1964 times:
I still don't get why people are so simple minded when it comes to road safety. People only envision getting slammed by a large SUV or truck, but how about all other aspects of safety? These include the driver's capabilities; vehicle handling; braking; and also the type of accident you may have.
Would you rather hit a cement barrier in a Civic or a Hummer? Would you rather swerve or brake to avoid an accident in a BMW or a Suburban? Would you rather roll over in an F-150 or a Mini? There are a huge amount of instances where I'd much rather be in a well designed small car, such as avoiding accidents in the first place.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7303 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
It looks like it did alright I guess but that just how the car looks what you need is a real crash dummy in the car to see what would happen to the human body.
On a side note I like driving my 5500lb SUV around instead of that.
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MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14317 posts, RR: 63
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 18 hours ago) and read 1956 times:
A few months ago I've seen a Smart wreck on the Autobahn A61 near Mendig. It got hit by a truck, was lying on it' back, but, apart from scratches, was completely intact. These little buggers are stronger than they look.
AA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2551 posts, RR: 27
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 7 hours ago) and read 1891 times:
How often does any car crash directly head on into a wall? Maybe it happens more often than I imagine- but I also figure usually the car would be out of control in order for something like that to happen...maybe it spun out, or nicked another car first... I feel like that crash scenario is pretty rare. 70 MPH straight into a concrete wall? If that was a real crash, I sadly bet both pax would be very much dead.
Quoting AA777 (Reply 15):
It did hold up surprisingly well though.
Crumple zones anyone? Older cars hurt so many people simply because they DID hold up under crash impacts. It is these types of sudden decelerations that kill, as Jamie757 alluded to.
Although many modern cars look pretty smashed up after accidents, they are designed to do that in order to increase the deceleration time in the event of a crash, and therefore exert less G's on the occupants.