View Full Version : Study says SUVs not safer

Otter Mii-kun
January 4th, 2006, 5:41 PM

I've always wonder why people buy these gas hogs anyway.

oni flygon
January 4th, 2006, 8:33 PM
SUVs have a higher center of gravity, which means that they have a great chance of tilting and falling. And they're expensive, product, maintaining, and gas-wise. No sense calling them safe... D:

January 4th, 2006, 10:30 PM
Roll over rates make them safer, there's a higher chance of living through a crash in one than a normal car.

January 5th, 2006, 10:26 PM
They are safer. Let me put it this way.

A normal size SUV going down the road gets hit by a Cadillac running a red light.
A small 2 door Geo going down the road gets hit by a Cadillac running a red light.
Which do you think is safer? Would you like to be in the small Geo, or the SUV?

Sure they got a larger chance to roll over, but so do Mini-Vans.

January 6th, 2006, 8:25 AM
SUVs are too big for where I live, some town in england, so if you see one its considered bad luck or something. I think thats just odd.

John Denver
January 6th, 2006, 9:14 AM
If an SUV rolls over...big deal. It's got a roll frame inside of it anyway.

January 6th, 2006, 11:41 AM
I don't think the article is implying that they're not safer, but that they're not as drastically safer by comparison.

Dragonite Tamer
January 6th, 2006, 12:02 PM
I think SUV's are safer. Toppling doesn't harm you too much if you're wearing a seatbelt.

Otter Mii-kun
January 6th, 2006, 6:53 PM
Which do you think is safer? Would you like to be in the small Geo, or the SUV?
Whatever. Like I could afford to spend $100 daily at the gas pumps for something that only gets 15 miles per gallon or less on the highway, runs on all four wheels with no capability to switch to 2WD mode (usually RWD). I know about someone who bought a AWD SUV and is afraid to drive it because it slips to the side. So much for better handling. I'd just get 2WD if I could or have the option to switch between 2 and 4WD, (not forced full-time 4WD). or even just full time rear wheel drive.

January 6th, 2006, 10:03 PM
One thing I dont get is why it seems almost every Texan buys an SUV. I think its kinda dumb (No offence to Texans). You've seen the consiquences.

Shiny Meganium
January 7th, 2006, 1:40 AM
Many people buy them now because they're 'cool', like the Hummers and Rangies. I think they are environmental disasters but they are much safer for the driver and passengers. But nobody thinks of the pedestrian's safety as usual. People have a greater chance of surviving when they git hit by, let's say a VW Golf, than a big, mean Range Rover.

January 7th, 2006, 5:57 PM
If you mean a "Land Rover" then your right. A Range Rover (http://www.automotivechronicles.com/articles/2005/mar/02/images/b33131-land-rover-range-rover-sport.jpg) is a Land Rover but its much smaller. My dad drives a Range Rover and it gets like 46 miles to the galan and its very safe.