Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2004 07:11:57 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <"johs"nospamfitter_spam _gets_fried.com>
Subject: Re: Which one of these cars are the safest, and which one shouldI get?


Half a Bee wrote: > > I won't totally disagree, but hold on a second... > > > Forget the Volvo; Volvo's reputation for crash safety is overblown, > > I don't think "overblown" is quite fair. If I'm going to have an > horriffic smash (y'know, where an SUV crosses the highway and hits the > front corner of my car at 220kmh closing speed, sending me into a spin > across 2 lanes of traffic and a rollover into a ditch) , I know what > cars I'd like to be in: Volvo, Mercedes, BMW, Saab and at a pinch, > Toyota. Minor accidents around town - it probably doesn't matter much. > Older Volvos are probably no better than new Toyotas, because other > manufacturers tend to follow with near-identical safety systems > (Toyota's "Safe-T-Cell" for example) but comparing present model with > present model, Volvo wins. But the gap between Volvo and "common" cars > is shrinking. The gap between Volvo and the German cars is quite small. I drive up and down a stretch of motorway every day. Accidents is an incredible common occurrence. In one particular week I was queuing in the morning AND in the evening every day to get past accidents. On some days I had to find alternative routes, i.e. the motorway became unusable for it's purpose at shifting traffic. Accidents are more survivable these days as cars are much better, in most cases you just get crumbled cars but inevitably large upsets in people's lives. I've seen people standing on the hard shoulder crying! It just makes me wonder how and why it happens, and why so regularly?

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