Do You Care About Automobile Basic safety Ratings?

Malibu vs Belair Crash

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Erin dropped this query in Slack very last night time and I haven’t been equipped to end considering about it. Considering that I started out driving, I’d be that less than half, and in all probability substantially a lot less than 50 % of my driving has been carried out in cars that ended up a lot less than 20 a long time aged. There had been decades, latest several years, the place I put a thousand miles or so on a auto with no seatbelts or even doorways. But I have kids now and have in non-driving spots of my lifestyle, come to be obsessed with basic safety, at the very least their security.

But, I specifically bought an old Lexus to haul them on highway excursions, which is safe and sound, but not like, the safest vehicle on the road. At the very least I think it is not, I didn’t appear at protection rankings at all in advance of I acquired it. In reality, now that I imagine about it, I have by no means seemed at them.

A couple of a long time ago, I visited Volvo, bought a rundown of their total philosophy on protection, viewed a crash examination, seemed at previously-crashed vehicles and talked to some safety-obsessed engineers. I was certainly floored, and then I went back again not truly at any time pondering about it. I really don’t consider I could explain to you the crash test ranking of a single motor vehicle I’ve pushed, ever. It’s possible I should…

I imagine I know where by the ordinary Jalopnik reader will arrive down on this, but what about you? Do you crash all-around in half rusted hoopty with no seatbelts and mismatched tires? Or do you obsessively read and analysis, look at the slo-mo movies and debrief the crash-check dummies prior to determining which motor vehicle to believe in the lives of you and yours? Do you know how several airbags your car or truck has, exactly where the crumple zones are? Do you know what takes place if you slide into a pole at 80 mph? Do you treatment about basic safety ratings?