If I'd live in the USA I would simply pick the largest car with the largest engine available
Heino wrote:anyhow my theory goes as follows drivers of large vehicles feels a lot safer and therefore pays less attention to their driving,
and if they drive in a risky manner, they don't really feel the danger and thus they continue in their ways. the feeling of danger is felt more clearly when driving in a small car, I can tell you I have been in a small car with a friend at 125 MPH (I wasn't driving) and I can tell you, you know very clearly that you are in danger. my point is that when you feel the sensation of speed and danger, it is a great motivator to drive more safely and people driving overly large vehicles don't always have that feeling of danger.
This is a commonly held belief:
Steven Landsburg, in the Armchair Economist wrote:If you find it hard to believe that people drive less carefully when their cars are safer, consider the proposition that people drive more carefully when their cars are more dangerous. This is, of course, just another way of saying the same thing, but somehow people find it easier to believe. If the seat belts were removed from your car, wouldn’t you be more cautious in driving? Carrying this observation to the extreme, Armen Alchian of the University of California at Los Angeles has suggested a way to bring about a major reduction in the accident rate: Require every car to have a spear mounted on the steering wheel, pointing directly at the driver’s heart. Alchian confidently predicts that we would see a lot less tailgating.
I can't say it applies to me though. I have driven bigger heavier vehicles for 5 years now, and I can tell you that the feeling that I am more likely to cause damage to others than myself means that I drive slower, brake earlier and scan for obstacles further than I do when I am driving a regular car.
She was only doing around 20 mph? How fast were you going? That is a massive amount of damage for that kind of speed.
Well... yes and no, remember modern cars are designed more than ever to crumple in order to protect the driver, they literally don't build 'em like they used to - so very often, damage is far out of proportion to what you would expect.