In recent years, especially in cities across the country, there has been a debate on the advantages of small cars compared to bigger vehicles. As our cities get more crowded with traffic, the convenience of a small car for parking and overall movement is undeniable. Furthermore, fuel consumption for small cars is always better, and this is undoubtedly an advantage when it comes to saving money. But how about safety? Is it true that bigger cars are safer than small cars?
The weight of a bigger car prevents the reflex impact in case of a frontal collision; usually bigger cars have longer hoods, this provides more surface area for the force to dissipate and provides more of a chance for the passengers to stay safe.
The disadvantage of bigger vehicles is that the weight makes it harder to control and stop. In case you are headed for a collision against another vehicle or obstacle, a bigger car is going to be harder to stop and maneuver regardless of driving aids such as a smart braking system. This is especially a very important thing to consider when the conditions on the road are not ideal – for example when there are wet roads or oil patches on the road.
Which is Right For You?
Both types of cars have some pros and cons to be considered. Bigger cars will protect you in case you get involved in a car accident, but smaller cars may prevent an accident altogether. As always, being cautious and getting to know your car can help you drive safely on the road.