Are Cars Really That Safe?

Smashed Ford Laser

They don’t make cars like they used to. In fact they don’t make anything like they used to. Now I am not a whinger and I don’t complain about things often but back in the old days things were built to last.

Just look at old tools, toys and machinery. You could purchase something and it would last your lifetime. Nowadays we have turned into a consumable society. Things are built with a short life span so that after a little bit if use it stops working properly and you need to buy a new one.

Even with product warranties, I cant remember how many times I have ran into the issue of an item breaking down just after the warranty period. Its like they have a program built into the device to trigger a self destruct sequence just after the warranty period expires!

So what has this got to do with the safety of cars you may ask?

Well simple. Cars back in the day were built to last. They were built with sold metal parts and this surely improved their safety. Think about it. The cars of today are made from flimsy sheet metal and soft plastics that you can dent if you push them to hard. Even breaking the plastics with your own force is too easy. Not like back in the day. Those cars were built solid and strong. There was nothing damaging those cars. If you hit something with your car it would break. Not the car. Todays cars are just flimsy.

Back in the day if you ever rolled your car the solid frame work would hold together – because it was built to last. Nowadays they have to put all these airbags in the cars to give you impression that if you crash it will be falling into a bed of clouds. Ha! What a joke! Have you seen those crash test dummies in a studio crash? When the cars of today crash the panels hiding the air bags pop off with so much force that they can easily break noses and possibly even fracture skulls. Is that really safe?

Also I love it how all of these soccer mums are choosing to drive these big 4WDs. They think that if they have a big 4WD they will be safer. They see themselves as being higher on the road than all the other cars and they think that will give them the advantage. But I tell you what. They have no idea that there biggest enemy on the road is the smallest cars.

Those cars that are so low to the ground can actually do real damage to the safety of people in 4WDs. Why? Simply because the 4WDs are so high up and the low to the ground cars can driver right underneath the large 4 wheelers.

Picture this: A small sports car with its low profile and aerodynamics is coming around a corner. A large 4WD is coming the opposite direction and the road is windy. There is a blind corner and as they come around the sports car crosses over the road on the side of the oncoming 4WD. The sports car effectively goes diagonal under the 4WD starting at the front passenger side. Because the sports car is so low to the ground the wheel of the 4WD actually drives over the bonnet and then continues over the main cabin. This lifts the 4WD up and can actually flip it over! So much for being the safest car on the road! All those soccer mums think that because they are in the larger car they can win in any accident but little do they no these low profile small cars can get right underneath them and their destructive bull bars.

Well I went on a bit of a rant just then but I hope you see my point. The reality of car safety these days is clouded. Sure I may be set in my ways of thinking everything back in the day is best. I mean things were built to last. And I hate to put trust in a car that I can damage just by leaning on it.

Plus the airbag nose breakers are not ideal. There is definitely some work they need to do to improve that safety feature. And as for the 4WDs. Well lets just say unless you are buying them to go 4 wheeling in the sand dunes you are wasting your money. they are not the safest car for the city – no matter how many soccer mums buy them.