I recently had a discussion about car safety and how much safer cars are now compared to what they use to be. I then remembered a time when i went to a wreckers yard with my dad that family friend owned. I remember seeing this big car sitting there and I remember my dad asking his friend whether he got a new car as he couldn’t really see anything wrong with it. The friend replied nope came in from a fatal accident hardly scratch on it but the driver died in the accident.
The in the old days cars were like a rock very strong but had no give in them so any energy transmitted in an accident went straight through to the occupants.
Modern cars have lots of safety items including crumple zones, abs, esp, airbags, the use of high strength steel in construction plus many more things designed to keep the occupant safe in a collision.
Crumple zones absorb and deflect some of the force in a smash away from the occupants, Airbags work in conjunction with seat belts and help to restrain and stop an occupant in a smash, abs brakes stop your brakes locking up under heavy braking allowing you to steer around things.
I could go on and on about safety in cars as it’s something I’m really passionate about but i wont as I would be still writing this next week, what I will say is “They don’t make them like they use to” and I damn glad they don’t. I have kids who in a few years time will be learning drive btw they have already picked their first cars (Holden Cruze’s the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree) and as a parent I feel my kids are going to a lot safer in a modern car compared to how I was all those decades ago when I learnt to drive.