Thursday, February 08, 2007

4x4s are branded Unsafe by Government Experts

A new report confirms what we've been saying all along - 4x4s are decidedly more dangerous - to their occupants. The report by Government road safety experts states that 4x4s are unsafe due to their larger weight and higher center of gravity.

Apparently, 4x4s are twice as likely as other cars to roll in collisions with motorway and roadside safety barriers.

Andrew Howard, head of road safety at the AA, said 4x4 drivers are lulled into a false sense of security: "4x4 drivers are not always better off, especially if they hit an object which causes them to overturn."

Hitting the nail even more on the head, The Times reports that 4x4s tended “to be bought for image value and for a perceived sense of safety on the road”. The study said many modern 4x4s had “questionable off-road abilities” and added: “The closest many of them get to an off-road environment is the super-market car park.” The authors concluded that many people bought them to transport children to school because they believed they were more likely to survive unscathed in collisions.

Watch this 5th Gear video showing what happens when a large 4x4 rams a smaller car.

It's no wonder that sales of 4x4s are declining. People are starting to see the reality beyond the hype.