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Car Safety Report: Bigger Is Better
The Street ^ | 13 June 2011 | Matt Brownell

Posted on 06/13/2011 11:42:28 AM PDT by smokingfrog

Remember when SUVS drew consumer focus over rollover worries? Well, a study says SUVs are safer than ever, and tiny cars are the most likely to result in a fatality.

That's one of the lessons from the latest edition of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Status Report, which tracks car crash and mortality statistics. The good news is that car crash deaths are down overall: Between 2006 and 2009, the death rate for drivers of 2005-08 models was just 48 people per million registered vehicle years (defined as a vehicle registered for a year, or two vehicles registered for six months). According to the report, the death rate for 2001-04 models was 79, so this represents a significant improvement over just five years.

But the data also show that your chance of dying in a car accident goes up as your car gets smaller...

(Excerpt) Read more at thestreet.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: carcrash; iihs; suv
 

  Who knew?

 

 

 

1 posted on 06/13/2011 11:42:34 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog
But the data also show that your chance of dying in a car accident goes up as your car gets smaller

It took a study to figure this out...

2 posted on 06/13/2011 11:45:38 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

“But the data also show that your chance of dying in a car accident goes up as your car gets smaller”

Since libs did the study, this was - of course - unexpected.


3 posted on 06/13/2011 11:53:59 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I’ll have to share this with my husband, who in all due respect I thought was being a bit too anal when he insisted on me getting a bigger vehicle to drive our 2 year-old daughter around in (I was driving a Jeep Liberty and I thought it was big enough). What spear-headed this was a lady I worked with was on her way to work and got rear-ended by a large truck while she was stopped waiting on a school bus. She was driving a small sedan, and she got killed in the accident. He wanted something large enough if we got rear-ended we’d be ok. He got the biggest thing on the lot, a Ford Expedition. Unfortunately it doesn’t get the same gas mileage as the Jeep, but we both feel our daughter is safer in it, and that is all that matters.


4 posted on 06/13/2011 11:54:47 AM PDT by MissEdie (America went to the polls on 11-4-08 and all we got was a socialist thug and a dottering old fool.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
It is true that bigger is better in an accident. And if all accidents are unavoidable then it would always make more sense to drive a bigger vehicle. But in reality many accidents are avoidable. And an experienced driver has a greater chance of avoiding an accident in a car that can stop quickly and corner hard without rolling. So the equation is not that simple.
5 posted on 06/13/2011 12:02:33 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: smokingfrog
Wow, this study seems to indicate that force equals mass times acceleration. They should follow up on that.
6 posted on 06/13/2011 12:03:13 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: smokingfrog

I swear I’ve read this study about every five years since around 1970. How many times do they have to study the same thing to figure out what should be common sense?


7 posted on 06/13/2011 12:07:03 PM PDT by suthener
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To: smokingfrog
That makes me want to crash an EPA CAFE hearing and chant "No blood for oil!" until I'm hauled out.
8 posted on 06/13/2011 12:09:43 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: smokingfrog
Crapola, now I gotta' sell the family limo.

9 posted on 06/13/2011 12:14:37 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Upstate NY Guy

My 2008 Mercury has stability control. Many new cars have it.

http://www.howstuffworks.com/28001-stability-control.htm

http://www.cars.com/go/advice/Story.jsp?section=safe&story=techStability&subject=safe_tech&referer=


10 posted on 06/13/2011 12:21:30 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: MissEdie
Unfortunately it doesn’t get the same gas mileage as the Jeep, but we both feel our daughter is safer in it, and that is all that matters.

Definitely safer...

11 posted on 06/13/2011 12:24:01 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: smokingfrog

bkmk


12 posted on 06/13/2011 12:28:16 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: smokingfrog

13 posted on 06/13/2011 12:29:29 PM PDT by Bed_Zeppelin
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To: oh8eleven

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqTKZgEW8pM


14 posted on 06/13/2011 12:34:19 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

I am a blond, female senior and I could have told them that and saved them a lot of money.


15 posted on 06/13/2011 12:36:56 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: suthener
I swear I’ve read this study about every five years since around 1970. How many times do they have to study the same thing to figure out what should be common sense?

I expect a lot of "studies" are done for college credit, thesis, etc. While I agree with the obvious results, many studies are to looked at with a very skeptical eye.

16 posted on 06/13/2011 1:16:51 PM PDT by RDasher ("El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather")
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To: suthener
I swear I’ve read this study about every five years since around 1970. How many times do they have to study the same thing to figure out what should be common sense?

No kidding. I remember a 1970's study where they tested full-size cars against compacts. To be fair, each company from the big four got one of their big cars to execute a competitor's small car. So an AMC Ambassador smashed a Pinto, and a Ford LTD crushed a Vega, etc.

This being the fabulous freaky '70's, the study editors didn't want this to be taken as a call against the "eggshells", but rather that we should ban the "hammers" and all drive "eggshells".

17 posted on 06/13/2011 1:24:18 PM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: smokingfrog
Riding around in one of these has all the safety of coasting along the highway in a shopping cart


18 posted on 06/13/2011 1:27:03 PM PDT by NRA1995 ("In the [Mexican] border, we are asking, who are you?" President Calderon of Mexico)
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To: MissEdie

As an Expedition owner I say, Great choice! I love that thing. Great ride, plenty of room, lots of power. Gas mileage is the only draw back, but it is worth it.


19 posted on 06/13/2011 1:45:44 PM PDT by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: NRA1995
Funny you should mention shopping carts. About a month ago I saw one of these sitting in a parking lot right next to two shopping carts. Without actually measuring or placing both carts right next to this thing it seemed no longer than the carts. It really is quite tiny.

If you look closely at the door you can get a sense of the size

BTW A for sale sign was in the window, "$11,500 Firm"

20 posted on 06/13/2011 1:45:52 PM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: smokingfrog

“tiny cars are the most likely to result in a fatality.”....

Rocket scientists everywhere!


21 posted on 06/13/2011 1:46:38 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NRA1995
No need for a coffin....just bury the car.
22 posted on 06/13/2011 1:51:38 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: smokingfrog
Go big or go home (in a box)


23 posted on 06/13/2011 1:54:45 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: smokingfrog

Zero fecal matter, brother of Mycroft.


24 posted on 06/13/2011 1:55:26 PM PDT by tnlibertarian (Hey D. C., tax increases are not spending cuts. Nor do tax cuts constitute increased spending.)
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To: tnlibertarian

I just now got that. lol


25 posted on 06/13/2011 2:13:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Rinnwald

This being the fabulous freaky ‘70’s, the study editors didn’t want this to be taken as a call against the “eggshells”, but rather that we should ban the “hammers” and all drive “eggshells”.

I think that’s been the conclusion of every one of the sudies now that you mention it.


26 posted on 06/13/2011 2:34:23 PM PDT by suthener
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To: smokingfrog

:-)


27 posted on 06/14/2011 12:15:47 AM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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