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Not entirely EV related (though the Smart is being looked at for EV convers=
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I was extremely disappointed in the attitudes displayed at the end of the a=
rticle regarding smaller cars. Once again, these morons are advocating the =
people should drive bulldozers, steamrollers and front-end loaders as daily=
commuters in the name of "safety". They completely disregard any notion th=
at DRIVERS should exercise caution.
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http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/11/08/smart.car/index.html
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I read the article and didn't find anything I'd really disagree with.

Are the heavier vehicles safer? Certainly! - in head-on collision.
I'd like to be in my truck rather than Smart if head-on is unavoidable.
*That* safety aspect they discuss, and it's pure physics.
Now, don't start this BS about better maneuverability of smaller
cars helping to avoid head-on collision in a first place.
They are not discussing chances to avoid accident, they are discussing
outcome for occupants after crash already happened.

SUVs are good vehicles from engineering point of view, and so are
bulldozers and front loaders. They all thave their primary uses.
Now there will always be morons
driving SUVs as cars, roll'em over and then complain that SUVs
are unsafe because harder to steer and easier to roll.
This will not change unless they will learn to drive trucks as
trucks, not as cars, expecting cars' maneuverability.

But, *after* collision which is often not up to you to avoid,
you *are* far safer in heavier vehicle. In fact you're always
safer in SUV as long as you drive it as SUV, but no one wants to
drive it 50mph among 70 mph cars passing you. Then, what do
you expect?

My CRX was in the accident last year. It was thrown sideways
by impact, I got minor injury, but the lady in a car that moron
ran into got far serious injury. Would she (or myself) be in heavy trucks,
our cars wouldn't even move from the impact ACRX had suffered,
and I'd have no injuries as well. She would be OK in SUV too
since this moron happen to be in compact [turn out, stolen] car.
Again, this is pure physics relationship having nothing to do
with your or mine opinion.

Yes, I take rather ACRX everywhere than my truck But in it
I have to concentrate and watch out harder avoiding others
run into me than if I'm in the truck. I'm just more vulnerable
in ACRX, more exposed to errors of *others* running into me when
I don't see it. And if those others happen to ride in SUVs,
I take more risk even with far better maneuverability of ACRX.

That's the point they make about smarts and I fully agree.

Would I drive Smart? I'd love to, but sorry, unlikely until
most of the people around me will.

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Victor
'91 ACRX - something different

Richard Acuti wrote:
> Not entirely EV related (though the Smart is being looked at for EV
> conversions).
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> I was extremely disappointed in the attitudes displayed at the end of
> the article regarding smaller cars. Once again, these morons are
> advocating the people should drive bulldozers, steamrollers and
> front-end loaders as daily commuters in the name of "safety". They
> completely disregard any notion that DRIVERS should exercise caution.
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