What Kind of Car Will Protect You Best in a Collision?

Which car will protect you best in a collision? Hance’s Uptown Collision shares the safest cars that will protect you the most in an accident.

No one wants to get into an accident, but the type of car you own could play into how well you and your passengers are protected if this does occur. If you’re involved in a devastating accident, the size or type of your car doesn’t matter one bit. You’re just focused on healing from injuries and getting your car fixed.

man and woman car accident with black and blue car

But when it comes to minor collisions, the size of your car may make all the difference. It can be overwhelming and nerve-racking, plus it can stretch your budget further than you planned. But in the end, if no one was hurt, your car did the job it was designed to do. But it’s important to make an appointment for collision repair services in Dallas TX to get your car back on the road as soon as possible.

So, back to the question posed by the title: are larger or smaller cars safer in a collision?

1.  You’re Safer in a Newer Car No Matter What the Size

Modern cars have incredible safety features that are designed to keep occupants safe while driving, minimizing injury and the risk of death. Some standard safety features include:

  • Airbags: side, rear, side-curtain, front.
  • Electronic stability control (this keeps your car stable if it spins out of control, while minimizing rollovers).
  • Back-up sensors and backup cameras, designed to prevent rear-end collisions.
  • Blind spot warning which alerts you of other vehicles in your blind spot when you change lanes.

2.  Weight and Size Are Factors

Bigger cars are, of course, heavier, and they are able to absorb the force of an impact more efficiently than their smaller counterparts. More weight reduces damage and risk, while larger hoods have a better crush zone or crumple zone than smaller cars when involved in a head-on collision.

3.  Momentum Counts

With the higher weight of a car, the momentum behind it increases. This means larger cars need more time to slow down and come to a stop. When a large car collides with a small car, the larger vehicle’s energy is transferred to the smaller vehicle, incurring more damage. In addition to the momentum that incurs vehicular damage, the impact force can cause driver and passenger injury in the small car.

In addition, big cars tend to push smaller cars along, which means the chance of injuries like whiplash are increased.

The Safest Car?

In general, experts agree that SUVs are the safest type of vehicle on the road in terms of fatalities – even though they come with an increased risk of rollovers. Just think about the science of energy transfer: larger objects (which are inherently heavier), transfer more energy to the object they’re coming into contact with. Let’s say an SUV crashes into a small sedan…this is like a baseball bat hitting a baseball. This is why SUV drivers are 5x more likely to walk away from a collision than someone in a smaller car, plus they’re more likely to survive head-on collisions.

As you might imagine, mini cars have the worst safety rating of all vehicle types, associated with more deaths. After mini cars, small cars and large trucks have the worst safety ratings.

But this doesn’t mean you can never buy a small car. In the last decade or so, smaller SUVs and even sedans have improved their fatality ratings by about 60 percent, thanks to advanced airbag technology, forward collision warnings, and stronger roof strength in the event of rollovers.

In the end, the safest type of vehicle is a newer car, possibly mid-sized or bigger to cover all your bases. Safety should be a main priority, so look for a car that has all possible features to keep the driver and occupants as safe as possible while on the road. A few tips:

  • Buy new
  • Buy a newer used car if you can’t buy brand new
  • Check safety ratings
  • Heed safety features, designed to increase your chance of surviving a crash no matter what type or size vehicle you choose


Contact Hance’s Uptown Collision Center

If you do get in an accident with your small or large car, you can always come to us for expert collision repair to get you back on the road. Contact us for an appointment in Dallas TX at 214-214-4717 or in Plano TX at 214-225-8705.

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