small car worries? - Fuelly Forums

Click here to see important news regarding the aCar App

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-10-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
Registered Member
schmeep's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 65
Country: United States
small car worries?

most of us on this site seem to be driving vehicles on the smaller side of the spectrum (i guess for the obvious reasons),

does anyone else worry about safety in a small car?

no car is completely safe, especially suv's with their tendencies for rollovers, but i would imagine small cars are definitely at the disadvantage in most situations.

schmeep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2006, 06:24 PM   #2
Registered Member
kickflipjr's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 933
Country: United States
I have always liked small cars. They arn't as safe, but most hypermilers are going slower anyways. Small cars these days are way safer then 10 or 20 years ago. They are also heaver a '92 Metro is 1650lbs VS. '05 Aveo is 2350lbs. I guess that weight must help a bit in crash safety.

2008 EPA adjusted:

Distance traveled by bicycle in 2007= 1,830ish miles
Average commute speed=25mph (yes, that's in a car)
kickflipjr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2006, 06:42 PM   #3
Registered Member
MetroMPG's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 4,223
Country: United States
When I got the Firefly, I was a little concerned about the size at first. It took a little getting used to (eg. the effects of wind buffeting).

When my dad first saw it, he questioned its safety.

"It's safer than my motorcycle," I said Similar to theclencher's story.

I would drive a smaller car. When I ride in other people's (larger) cars now, they feel absolutely massive to me.

I've also taken a lot of driver training, and used to teach defensive driving. That probably colours my view of what's dangerous or not.
MetroMPG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2006, 07:05 PM   #4
Registered Member
tomauto's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 292
Country: United States
Send a message via AIM to tomauto Send a message via MSN to tomauto Send a message via Yahoo to tomauto
well, it does depend on what your hitting

It does depend on what you are hitting, if you are hitting a non-moving object, i.e. a tree, you would be just as likely to get hurt in a car as an larger truck or SUV. In national tests trucks actually score very low in these situations, their frames get bunged up pretty badly.
Current Stable
GasSaver: 2000 Honda Insight Silverstone w/AC 65+mpg
Track Terror: 2002 Honda S2000 Gran Prix White- lots of mods - 28mpg
Beater: 1988 Honda Civic DX Hatback - Stripped - 30mpg

RIP: 1996 Honda Civic LX 42mpg - you will be missed
tomauto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2006, 11:18 PM   #5
Registered Member
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 541
Country: United States
hehehe , I once heard a saying that said that , ?no one has even died in a crash between two Fiat Bambinos? (tiny bubble car from the late 60's and early 70's)
(its truthfullness is not gauranteed)

who knows if it was true , but it is a very interesting statement anyway.

If all cars were lightweight and high strength for their size just image how many lives would have been saved over the last hundred or so years we have been driving around this planet.

In the USA you are 3 times more likely to get killed in a car accident than being murdered.
onegammyleg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2006, 11:21 PM   #6
Registered Member
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 541
Country: United States
But to answer the topics question...

I do not worry about the safety of my small car - However I do worry about the crack head coming my way in a Hummer doing 30 over the limit.
onegammyleg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2006, 11:39 PM   #7
Registered Member
The Toecutter's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 612
Country: United States
Send a message via AIM to The Toecutter
That's always what scares me when I'm on the bicycle- getting mowed down from behind.
Has happened to me by some ***** driving an SUV. She ruined my bike, and then proceeded to speed off before I could obtain the license plate number. If I ever do start riding a bike again, I will start carrying one of my guns, for very obvious reasons. Disrespecting bike riders like that is not cool.

I feel exponentially safer in a Triumph GT6 than on a bicycle if that says anything; Lord knows those aren't the safest cars on the road. I prefer small cars to larger cars because I've had my share of 'near-accidents', and had I been in a larger, less-manueverable vehicle at the time, I'd probably be dead. Getting run off the road by an 18-wheeler is not fun.
The Toecutter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2006, 12:40 AM   #8
Registered Member
Compaq888's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,460
Country: United States
I feel safe in my car. The only thing I hate about small cars is when a crash happens most of the time the vehicle is disabled. The vehicle will protect you but won't be able to drive any further.

If I had a large vehicle like a SUV after somebody hits me I'm sure I'll be able to chase them down if they run.

Toecutter I hear you on the gun. If the bike or car is SOL the 900mph bullet will still catch up to them. I'm a pretty good shot with a baretta, I'm sure I can shoot out their tires or their skull. Hit and run drivers don't deserve to live anyway.

Compaq888 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2006, 03:15 AM   #9
Registered Member
JanGeo's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 2,444
Country: United States
Location: Tiverton, RI
Send a message via Yahoo to JanGeo
I have avoided getting hit in my Geo MANY time because it IS small and manuvers very quickly as well as stops fast too! Smaller target is harder to hit. Had I been in my Geo instead of my Dads buick I wouldn't have a whiplash injury - Geo is a couple feet shorter and better head rest.
JanGeo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2006, 06:19 AM   #10
Registered Member
GasSavers_Ryland's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,325
Country: United States
Send a message via AIM to GasSavers_Ryland
a few years ago when I got rearended in my '85 civic by a pickup trick, I was looking around for a simaler car and my mom asked if I was sure that I wanted to get another small car, and my reaction was "of course, something even smaller might be nice" that is when I ended up getting the CRX HF, and the only time I didn't feel safe in that was in strong cross winds with semi's passing me (worn out suspention made it jump around in cross winds), a few years back I was reading an artical that was talking about vehicle safty, and people killed per 10,000 cars on the road of differnt modles, it didn't give a full list, and I'm not sure where you would find a full list, but it did say that for every 10,000 Ford exporer's on the road, that vehicle is at fult for killing 220 people, that includes hitting people on bicycles, on foot, people in other cars, and drivers and passengers of those vehicles, the honda civic was 25 people per 10,000 vehicles on the road.
So why would a smaller car be responsible for fewer deaths? it seems to me from watching other drivers that they can't handle the size of vehicle that they are trying to drive, and that in it's self isn't safe.

I also found it intersting a few weeks ago on car talk they had a list of the safest drivers by the line of work they were in, apparently farmers are the safest drivers.

After my own mom questioning if I wanted to drive a small car, she ended up getting a Geo.

GasSavers_Ryland is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fuelly badge not updating for about 2 - 3 weeks Need Fuelly Web Support and Community News 18 07-01-2012 02:01 PM
Fuelly Android App - eehokie Fuelly Web Support and Community News 2 07-14-2010 08:59 PM
VW Jetta fast riser coolbreeze General Fuel Topics 5 07-21-2009 11:25 PM
Condensator orevgym General Fuel Topics 0 07-23-2006 10:25 AM
Modifying exhaust to increase mileage? Matt Timion General Fuel Topics 15 01-07-2006 07:44 PM

» Fuelly Android Apps
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 12:11 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.