Tuesday, July 31, 2018

ANCAP

If you find scenes of car accidents very distressing for whatever reason, then move on and don't watch this, but it is very worthy.

ANCAP is the organisation that tests cars for safety in the event of a car crash in Australia and I think New Zealand. I don't know what the letters stand for, nor who funds the body who does the testing. It gives cars a star rating system and only cars that reach five stars are allowed to be sold in Australia. But if you are looking at buying a car a few years old, and you note it has a five star rating, that is just not the same as a five star rating for a brand new car. Safety standards are improving constantly.

You can see the headline to the video, 1998 Toyota Corolla hitting a 2015 Toyota Corolla. The result might be more dramatically different if a 2018 model was used fitted with side airbags. At work I often drive a 2016 Toyota Corolla. While on the ANCAP website, you see real people behind the steering wheels before switching over to the crash test dummies, still the video with only the crash test dummies is frightening for those of us who drive an older car, like our second car. It goes on a bit, so if you are in a hurry, skip to 30 seconds and then on to 1:40. Actually, it worth watching the first part, as you see the multiple airbags inflate.

16 comments:

  1. My accident was in a 1979 Ford Fiesta. It had seat-belts, but no airbags. I'm not sure airbags would have made any difference. I was stopped at a red light and was hit by a 5 ton box van truck carrying windows. He never put his foot on the brake, and quite literally ran over my car and me and my daughter. I have pictures of what was left of my car, which wasn't too much. In fact the inspector for Ford thought I had been killed. After a severe auto accident, ones dreams tend to be filled with a replay of the accident, or so I have been told. Mercifully, I was knocked unconscious and do not recall any of it. Just waking up an hour later, as they finally got me out of the car using the jaws of life.

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    1. Maribeth

      you are a very fortunate human being! I hope you got down on your knees and thanked the Almighty, your mum or whichever other power saved you.

      I saw a car go through a red light yesterday and lived to tell the story. But _I_ am still anxious about that (male) driver's risk taking.

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    2. It took me a long time to get there. (Being thankful. My youngest daughter did not make it through the accident.)
      But I am so grateful now, that I am here to share in my oldest daughter's life, the lives of my two grandchildren, and my second husband, who has been by my side for 30+ years.
      Yes, I am a very fortunate woman.

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    3. What a dreadful story. We can account for our own driving, but never for that of others.

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    4. I am so very sorry.

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    5. Maribeth, front and side airbags would have given your head some protection. So that is how you lost your daughter. You must have suffered severe injuries. It is a terrible thing and loss you experienced and as you can see, there is much sympathy.

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  2. Scary stuff. Our current car is the first we have ever had with airbags. It was also the first new car, though it is no longer new.

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    1. EC, they are a good thing to have, but nothing saves lives more than seat belts. Never take them for granted and make sure they are correctly adjusted.

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  3. If only they could make cars that don't crumple and break upon impact, perhaps with some sort of weatherproof high density rubber, so they'd just bounce off each other and keep going.

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    1. River, dodgem cars with big rubber bumpers! I like the way you are thinking and car crash safety is increasing so quickly.

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  4. Might take your advice and give this one a miss Andrew, I'm sure you understand why ✨

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    1. Grace, indeed. Like our second car should probably put out to pasture, so perhaps should your car. But then if don't drive them far and just putter around town, perhaps that is not too bad.

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  5. Scary stuff! My Hyundai I30 is already 8 years old but I basically only drive 10kms to work and back home, but I can account for my careful driving, we can never know what some crazy driver will do.

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    1. Yeah Sami, as careful as we are when driving, it is rather dependant on other drivers.

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  6. I fear car crashes, oddly enough, I feel safer on my scooter than in my car.

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    1. Perhaps it is the environment in which you drive. I imagine traffic there can be chaotic and rules used as guidelines only.

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