The good old days are getting further behind us now. We no longer live like we are invincible. The days of taking your beautiful sports car on a joy ride might not find its way into your daily to do list. Why is that? Quite simply your an adult now and with that comes responsibilities. How does that change the way you look at vehicles when deciding what would be a good used or new car choice? As we get older safety gets more and more important. We care more about life and of course the lives of our loved ones. If you haven’t looked it maybe time to investigate how safe your vehicle is. Not convinced yet? The average person will spend about 38,000 hours driving and cover a distance of 800,000 miles that is about the distance it takes to drive to the moon 3 times! The following is some information on how those safety ratings we see are put together.
Crash testing – Various crash tests are performed including head on, side, and over lap collisions. This is when a quarter or half of the vehicle’s front end is involved in the crash.
Roof Strength – Constant pressure is applied to one side of the vehicles’s roof in order to determine its safety in the event of a rollover accident.
Headrests and Seats – The tests determine a vehicles ability to protect the passengers head and body during a crash.
Moose Test – This test determines the ability of a car not to roll over when avoiding a sudden obstacle in the road.
Pedestrian Safety – While it determining levels pedestrian safety isn’t quite so cut and dry, as a regular impact test, tests done attempt to determine the protection offered by a car in the event of a pedestrian collision. Some of these new protective systems include a pop-up hood that deploys, providing a cushion of space so in the case of a pedestrian collision, their head will not impact with the vehicle’s engine block. Rather, the hood will deform into the empty space created when the hood raised up. These tests also push manufacturers to innovate with new ways to protect those outside of the car. Volvo, for instance, developed an external airbag that deploys if the vehicle strikes a pedestrian.
Be safe everyone!