Small cars are convenient, easy on gas, and have a long life. They are reasonably affordable, can fit into tight parking spaces, and are generally easier to drive. However, small cars do not provide the same protection as their larger counterparts; large cars are more durable. According to a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 15 out of 20 cars with the highest fatality rates from model year 2017 were small cars between 2015 and 2018. Although some large cars, such as SUVs and small trucks, have a greater chance of having a rollover car accident due to a higher center of gravity, the chances of suffering a fatality or serious injury in them compared to small cars are less.
When a small car collides with a large one, the small car will almost always incur the most damage. Small cars have less room to absorb the impact. The shorter distance between the bumper of a small car and its occupants is what makes it more dangerous. The energy from a front-end collision is absorbed by a car’s front end.
However, small cars are still practical and serve a purpose. Fortunately, people who drive small cars can follow some simple safety tips to help avoid a car accident.
Use the Car’s Safety Features
Use your car’s safety features, such as cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane assist, and more, to be better protected. If you collide with a larger vehicle, you will most likely suffer the most damage, so you should always be extra cautious and use every feature available.
Avoid Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accident fatalities. You should concentrate on the task of driving and nothing else.
Cellphones in particular are a top cause of distracted driving accidents. Holding a cellphone means that you have only one hand on the wheel. Texting is especially dangerous, as your eyes are locked in on what you are texting and not the road.
Follow the Speed Limit
Pay attention to the posted speed limit. Use your cruise control if you must, but do not depend on it. Even car safety features are not as reliable as your own reaction when having to brake quickly.
Keep a Safe Following Distance
Keep a safe distance from cars around you, especially large cars and trucks. Remember, the higher the speed, the more distance you will need to stop. Follow the three-second rule, and add additional seconds when traveling on wet roads.
Media Car Accident Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Represent Those Injured in Car Crashes
If you have been seriously injured due to a negligent driver, you should seek legal advice. One of our experienced Media car accident lawyers at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. will protect your rights following a collision. Call us at 610-565-3701 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we proudly serve clients in Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.