It’s Official: Bigger is Better
When it Comes to Getting in an Accident
Vehicle wrecks are going to be bad, no matter what you’re driving. But when it comes to your safety, the data doesn’t lie. There are a number of factors that go into vehicle safety, and the data is conclusive that there are situations and vehicles that will provide better safety for you if you’re involved in one.
As we strive to be the best auto body repair shop in Billings, we want to make sure that you’re safe on the road. Of course you should be following the safe driving tips that we have all learned (but maybe forgotten over the years). But here is some info that you may have missed.
Bigger Vehicles are Safer
Larger vehicles have more mass than smaller vehicles. That mass is often in front of the driver under the hood: in the form of an engine. When you’re in a crash in a larger vehicle, you have more mass and a larger crumple zone to protect you from injury or death. A smaller vehicle, especially if it hits a larger vehicle, isn’t going to fare quite as well.
There is one caveat when you’re talking about larger SUV’s. They are more prone to rolling over than a smaller vehicle. This is true, however, vehicle technology over the years has decreased the likelihood of rolling, and even when they roll, the structure of the vehicle is strong enough that you are better protected than in the past.
How do larger vehicles compare to smaller vehicles? As of 2017 the fatal accidents broke down as follows:
- SUVs – 22 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles
- Cars – 46 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles
Conclusion: car crashes are more than twice as likely to be fatal.
Newer Vehicles are Safer
Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom. Studies also show that the newer your vehicle is, the better you will fare in an accident. And that’s not just measuring the likelihood that you die in a crash, it’s also that you will walk away unscathed.
The myth is that older vehicles are bigger and heavier, so they stand up better. The reality, however, is that the safety features aren’t there in the older vehicles, and while there may not be as much damage to the vehicle itself, there is damage to the occupant inside. Here’s what the statistics tell us:
- 1997 Cars – 96 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles
- 2007 Cars – 70 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles
- 2017 Cars – 46 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles
- 1997 SUVs – 93 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles
- 2007 SUVs – 44 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles
- 2017 SUVs – 22 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles
Going back even further, you see fatal accidents increasing even more the older the vehicles (data goes back to 1975, you can find it on the IIHS website)
Conclusion: Wrecks are Inconvenient
Whether you’re driving a passenger car, an SUV, or a pickup truck, being in an accident sucks! Any accident where you’re not killed or seriously injured is a “good” accident. But now your vehicle needs to be fixed.
When that happens, bring your rig to the best auto body shop in Billings. We have more manufacturer certifications than any other shop in a multi-state region, and we will restore your vehicle back to full factory safety standards.
Ready to get started? Give us a call at 406-259-6328.