Despite various advancements in auto safety, the fact is that small cars continue to be dangerous for motorists and passengers. However, there is much that you can do as the owner of a small car to reduce your risk of injuries in an accident.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety recently released the results of yet another study that seems to confirm that small cars continue to remain dangerous. While automakers have invested in safety technologies that reduce the risk of accidents involving smaller cars, the fact is that occupants of smaller cars are at a much higher risk of fatal injuries when these cars are involved in a crash.
The reasons for this are not too surprising. Larger cars are heavier and bulkier, while small cars tend be lighter. A large car can have a bigger hood, and therefore, may be much more likely to absorb impact in an accident compared to a smaller car. A large car simply has a big crush zone, protecting passengers in the event of an accident.
However, that does not mean that you can’t be safe in a small car at all. Reduce your chances of accidents by following basic defensive and safe driving tips, that keep you safe from some of the most injurious of accidents.
There’s plenty you can do to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident. Never drink and drive, and avoid using cell phones while driving. As the driver of a small car, you simply cannot afford to be distracted at the wheel. The kind of high -impact accidents that occur as a result of distracted driving, can be severe enough to be fatal. Remember that your risks are higher, and therefore, your level of care and caution while driving also needs to be equally higher.
Basic safety tips like looking both ways at an intersection, and keeping sufficient distance between your car and the car in front of you will go a long way in helping you stay out of perfectly avoidable accidents. Avoid speeding; leaving from home with plenty of time to reach your destination can help you avoid the kind of high-impact, speeding-related accidents that can cause fatal injuries.