Smaller cars are less safe only BECAUSE of large vehicles on the road. If everyone drove the smallest car reasonable, then it wouldn't be such a problem. OK, there'd still be trucks and buses, but even a large car stands little chance against an 18-wheeler.SilentGuy wrote:And smaller cars, once again, aren't very safe. I wouldn't want to be in a ForTwo, Aveo, Yaris, or Fit in an accident.
Besides, a safe small car is safer than an unsafe large car, if you see what I mean.
Don't forget active safety either - the prevention of accidents in the first place. A car that handles well is safer. Additionally, studies have found that the safer you FEEL, the less safe you ARE, because when people feel their cars are 'safe' they drive less carefully and are more likely to have an accident.
Also, plenty of people are willing to take the much greater risk of riding a bike or motorbike. Small cars are safe by comparison.
And while large cars may be safer in general, large and high cars, like SUV's and some people carriers, are dangerous because of the increased risk of a rollover. Even with a seatbelt, rolling a car is nasty.
Personally I wouldn't want to be in ANY car in an accident.