There's a new report out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Click HERE to read USA Today's spin on it.
SUVs do better in report on fatalities
Evidently you're more likely to survive a bad accident if you're in a huge SUV, than if you're in a tiny little economy sedan.
These reports always make me squirm just a little.
First of all... should be be surprised that a Chevy Suburban driver is more likely to survive a nasty wreck, than a Geo Metro driver? DUH!!!
Second... it makes me nervous to think that some people are making vehicle purchasing decisions based largely on their likelihood of surviving that nasty wreck!
Is that so they can yap on the cell phone, or turn the car over to their giddy teenager (who loads it with giddy teenage friends), or have a few too many, or otherwise not pay as much attention as they should to their driving... and if they plow into something or somebody, it won't matter quite so much?
Criminy! I ride a bike! (And it's the old-fashioned kind, without "stability control.") If I'm in an accident with a lowly Yugo... I'm likely to lose!
For years and years, my strategy has been to avoid accidents, rather than to survive them! And I want to share the road with people who ultimately want to avoid accidents... not people who are smugly comfortable knowing that if they plow into somebody, "The other guy might not walk away, but I will!"
(If you go to the USA Today article, read a few of the comments. It quickly becomes a juvenile pro-SUV / anti-SUV name-calling fest. Never discuss abortion, religion, guns or SUVs with your friends! hahaha)