If you’ve been in a car wreck, you might be taking safety into consideration where your next vehicle purchase is concerned far more than you did in your last purchase. This is always a good idea, but it’s important to understand what makes a vehicle safe. It’s not the same for every driver. Consider the following.
Some people immediately gravitate toward large—even huge—vehicles when they think of safety. After all, who wants to tangle with a giant pickup truck with dual back tires and a diesel engine? The problem with this mentality is that you might be biting off more than you can chew.
If you’re not comfortable and competent behind the wheel of a large vehicle, you’re putting yourself at risk. If you take a look at the safety ratings of vehicles, you’ll also find that size doesn’t necessarily equate to safety. Sure, you might plow right through a vehicle that pulls out in front of you without sustaining even a minor bruise, but you also might slam into a car in traffic because of the blind spots on large vehicles. Get a sensible size for your lifestyle and how you drive.
Power Will Not Save You
Some drivers get it into their heads that they need excessive power so that they can get out of the way of a wreck. This is particularly the case among novice motorcycle drivers. In reality, the engines of today are usually capable of far more speed and power than the average driver can handle safely. If you’re really worried about takeoff power, consider getting a standard transmission instead of an automatic. They do offer you a bit more control. Remember, however, that too much power is far more likely to get you in a wreck than too little.
Before you get obsessed with power and speed, take a look at the windows on your vehicle. Cars with very small windows are not safe. There are some popular designs out there that are created with a retro look. The reason that the look is retro is because car designers figured out long ago that tiny windows are bad ideas on cars and they stopped making them; until recently. Get a vehicle with great visibility and you’ll be much safer.
If you’re in a wreck with someone because of their negligence, contact a Dallas car accident attorney. A car or truck accident attorney can help you file a lawsuit.