Comments on: Will smaller cars mean fewer accidents? http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: John http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/comment-page-1/#comment-2299 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 19:12:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/#comment-2299 I don’t have a citation for this, but I’ve heard from multiple sources that studies have been done that yielded evidence that smaller cars will increase traffic accident fatalities. So, even if they don’t kill as many pedestrians, and/or create a more placid driving experience, the result may be a wash.

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By: exdriver http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/comment-page-1/#comment-2273 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 09:45:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/#comment-2273 I totally argee with you, come to Malaysia, where people are very polite & courteous, but when they are behind wheels they will morph into the devil

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By: Joe http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/comment-page-1/#comment-2268 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 03:26:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/#comment-2268 This article is spot on. Even mild mannered people, such as an elementary school teacher I know, change personalities totally in a car. I’m not saying they would intentionally cause an accident, but they DEFINITELY see their choices differently and are more likely to make agressive moves that make accidents more likely.

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By: Bradford Holden http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/comment-page-1/#comment-2254 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 21:18:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/#comment-2254 I am going to agree with the points some other commenters brought up, smaller cars do less damage than SUV’s to pedestrians and that the higher you are off of the ground, the slower you feel you are going at a given actual speed.

A really good book on all of this is “Traffic” by Tom Vanderbilt. He gives citations for the studies that show both of these points, and generally talks about the psychology behind why people feel entitled to the road.

I like to say it has changed how I actually drive, but I still be a jerk.

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By: Manshu http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/comment-page-1/#comment-2253 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 21:11:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/#comment-2253 Its a good thing to hope for but I don’t think the number of accidents will go down because smaller cars. Their impact may go down but not the number itself.

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By: Dave http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/comment-page-1/#comment-2252 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 21:11:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/#comment-2252 Your post stracthes the surfaces of a concept I recently realized: the hidden subsidy the country provides the automobile.

Whenever there’s debate about public funding for mass transit, a substantial, vocal lobby argues taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize it. Nevermind that cars, roads, etc. are heavily dependent on taxes.

We collectively agree to traffic laws (speed limits, no tailgating) for order and safety. However, these laws are often disregarded. We subsidize the car-driving masses with our tolerance to insane driving behavior.

How much longer would your commute take if you followed all speed limits, came to a complete stop and all stops signs, yielded to pedestrians at cross walks, and never ran any red lights? I think people would be more receptive to mass transit if their commute times jumped 25-50%. (Obviously, that % range is a guess.)

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By: cjh http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/comment-page-1/#comment-2248 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 20:49:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/#comment-2248 “even though they both would do me pretty much the same amount of harm if they hit me at speed.”

I’ve heard that this isn’t the case. The Mini would hit you in the legs and knock you back onto its hood. The SUV would hit you in the shoulder and knock you forward onto the street, which is more likely to be fatal.

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By: chrismealy http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/comment-page-1/#comment-2246 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 20:26:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/01/will-smaller-cars-mean-fewer-accidents/#comment-2246 I’m with you. Cars bring out the worst in people. And SUVs amplify that. 40 mph in an SUV feels like 20 regular car. And 30 mph in a racing kart* feels like 80 mph. Must be the height. Something about cornering too.

http://images.google.com/images?q=racing +kart

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