Which Vehicle Will Keep You Safe in a Collision?
It’s All About Science
Even though they are at a higher risk for rollovers, SUVs are considered the safest type of vehicle when it comes to fatalities. Thinking about the science of energy transfer can help you understand why bigger vehicles are naturally safer. Larger objects, because they are heavier, transfer more energy to an object they come in contact with. So when an SUV crashes into a sedan, you can compare it to a baseball bat hitting a ball. This makes SUV drivers five times more likely to walk away from a crash than someone driving a car. They are also more likely to survive a head-on collision.
So does this mean you shouldn’t buy a small car? Not necessarily. Since 2005, smaller SUVs have improved fatality ratings by 60%. Sedans are safer as well. This is because newer cars now have more advanced airbag technology, stronger roof strength for rollovers, and forward collision warning. The following char
As you can see, mini cars have the worst safety rating of all, bringing in more deaths than any other type of vehicle. This is followed by small cars and then large trucks. Large trucks don’t rank well either because the energy of accidents is transferred to the back passengers. This raises fatality rates in these kinds of vehicles.
By buying a safe vehicle, you’ll be able to better protect your family in case of an accident. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean a crash won’t happen. If you find yourself in need of collision repairs after an accident, call 480-418-4737. We’d love to assist you in bringing your vehicle back to safe, like-new standards.