Safety car – this is an area that spawned a lot of myths. However, there are a number of independent organizations, conducting extensive research and tests that inform us about the industry and help to form a reasonable opinion on the safety of the entire vehicle.
If you deeply analyze the results, you will be able to find facts completely refutes various myths popular among people.
The stiffer machine, so it is safer
Although sturdily built car with excellent exterior and durable interior, of course, makes you feel safe and sound, it is not a real security measure.
Take, for example, the Fiat Punto, which since launch is positioned as one of the most difficult cars in the segment. Its build quality, appreciated by many, when tested in 2012 received a full 5-star safety rating. However, when re-tested in 2017 in crash tests by Euro New Car Assessment Program car scored 0 of 5. The reasons for such results were the risk of injury from sudden movement of the head and neck, as well as weak protection of the chest of the passenger.
Now let’s look at Suzuki Swift. The car is light and tiny and weighs a lot less than the Punto, but in the same crash NCAP test he overtook the Fiat, scoring 3/5. The Swift was equipped with the best equipment and six airbags, while in the Punto, only two, so the reasons for the higher rate was never associated with the strength and weight of the vehicle.
Heavy weight means better security
The assumption that a heavier vehicle is more safe, often accompanied by the argument that the great mass of the vehicle will better withstand accidents because cars will come out of it less damaged.
Although in some cases this may be true in many situations, weight is not a real security measure, because the circumstances are always different. Really all depends on the particular machine, its deformation zones, the number of passengers inside, and the point of impact, etc.
Talk about Mahindra Scorpio – the avtmobilya received 0 points in crash tests by Global NCAP. Although he did not have airbags, its weight was impressive – almost 2,000 kg. the First aspect is, obviously, not only influenced the result, but also proved that weight has nothing to do with safety.
On the contrary, Smart ForTwo, weight 885 kg, received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Only two minor moment prevented him to get the full 5 points.
In General, no matter the weight of the car more than the average or not, as security must be included in the design.
Safety standards remain the same
The view that if the car is labeled as safe, it always will be wrong. Safety standards evolve over time as the vehicle. Technology is constantly being improved and implemented in modern cars. Obviously, this raises the standards for all vehicles.
An example of Punto it is very appropriate. Reduction with 5 stars in 2012 to 0 stars in 2017 doesn’t mean that the old version of the car was more secure. It just shows that safety standards have changed a lot, and the old version simply could not continue to meet.
The safety of the vehicle is focused only on its users
Safer car does not necessarily mean that it is safe only for people who are sitting in it. In a lot of accidents happening around the world involved pedestrians or other road users such as cyclists etc.
Therefore, at present cars are developed taking into account all factors. Common ground is able to absorb damage and take all actions themselves to reduce the harm caused to pedestrians, cyclists and other road users in the event of an accident. That is why the signs of damage on the car is now more visible than before, even with a slight shock.
The new version of the same model of car is safer than a used
This assumption is based on the main problems when buying a used car is it unclear history. The buyer usually asks the question, did the vehicle accidents, how many times it was repaired previously, is the mileage genuine, etc.. And similar questions make sense, because all of these aspects, taken together, determine the overall safety of the vehicle.
Although, on the other hand, the new version of the same model does not cause any of these issues, and the user somehow automatically assumes that it is a safe option. And Yes, in some cases it is so, however, it is better to spend a little time and study the results of researches and indicators of crash tests.
People believed these myths for so long that it may be difficult to dissuade them now, trying to discover the truth. However, in the long term, knowing that it is only myths, can save someone’s life.