Discussion in 'Science and Technology' started by rightwinger, Sep 30, 2009.
Crash test: '59 Chevy vs. '09 Chevy - Multimedia - MSN Money
Ok, so the difference is in safety features. I'd forgotten how far the safety features have developed and so I was surprised by the result. I had a friend that was in an accident involving his 1970's Oldsmobile vs. a 1990's era Coupe. The other car was totaled while the Oldsmobile only had scratched paint.
Highway Safety then and Now
Registered Vehicles 71.5 million 255 million
Miles Driven 700 billion 2.9 trillion
Fatalities 37,910 37,261
Fatalities per million miles 5.41 1.27
The similarities in fatalities are amazing.
But look at the "per million miles" figger.
It is amazing the amount of improvement is crash safety. When I first saw the post, I thought the huge 59 Bel Air would cream the Malibu. I used to drive a 64 Bel Air and it was a tank.
Seat Belts, Air Bags, Driver Crush Zones have all made cars safer. So have better suspensions, brakes and tires. Roads are also designed better. To cut fatalities by 75% in 50 years is impressive.
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