Friday, July 31, 2009
Thanks to Mike B. for sending this photograph (click the picture for a larger view). It illustrates very graphically why driving a smaller vehicle in US traffic isn't such a great idea.
I was a Sector Officer in the Civil Defence corps of a major South African city for several years, and also a volunteer medic with St. John Ambulance in that country. I've seen enough car wrecks to know that the smaller and lighter your vehicle, the more likely you are to suffer serious or fatal injury in a wreck.
Small cars may offer great fuel economy . . . but that's not the only consideration (or even the most important consideration) to take into account. As far as I'm concerned, safety's more important. I want a solid chassis under me and/or my loved ones, thank you very much, and enough metal to provide as much 'crumple zone' as possible. I'll pay the higher fuel bills for a larger vehicle without a second thought.
May God have mercy on the soul(s) of anyone caught in that vehicle at the moment of impact. For sure, the medics wouldn't have been able to do anything for them.