Bigger is Better in Automobiles… Or is it?

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A recent study conducted by iSeeCars.com has conducted a study showing that bigger vehicles really are safer to drive. The study researched crash statistics from 2013-2017 to determine the model of cars that had been involved in fatal car crashes. Small cars and sports cars tied the top spot with six vehicles each. Giving tribute to the old phrase bigger is better.

The Ranking

The average ranking for all cars was 2.6. on a scale of the most occupant fatalities per billion miles driven. The highest ranked vehicles were the Mitsubishi Mirage at 10.8. The Chevrolet Corvette at 9.8, Honda Fit at 7.7, the Kia Forte at 7.4, and the Chevrolet Spark at 7.2. Overall the vehicles were rated: subcompact 4.5, compact 3.8, midsize 3.3, and large 2.6.

Why is bigger better?

The study suggests “lack of safety features” on the smaller vehicles. Click here to read the full report.

Hold the Phone

Some studies are suggesting that the safety features could cause more accidents into the future as drivers are uneducated as to the features in their vehicles. These features include automatic emergency braking systems, lane assisting, adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection. This technology is meant to increase the safety of automobile and decrease the amount of automobile accidents. However, studies have shown that 11% of drivers believed they could use their phone or read while the car would drive for them. This is simply confusion behind drive assist technology and autonomous vehicles.

What to do

It is important to understand the vehicle that you have purchased, large or small. If you are unable to find or understand the lingo in your owner manual then you should contact the dealership you purchased the vehicle from. Additionally, if you borrow a vehicle or need a rental, keep in mind different cars features work in different facets. Be safe and know the technology you are driving. Some automatic features will be standard features in all vehicles by 2022.


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