Do you think you’re safer in one of those big old cars that were tanks or a small new car?
My Head-On Crash Between a Pontiac Tempest and a Cadillac
In high school, I had a 1968 Pontiac Tempest which was a tank. I was making a right turn when a woman in an even bigger car, a Cadillac, made a left turn on the wrong side of the street. Her Cadillac had a head-on collision with my car.
From the driver’s seat, I saw that the front of her large Cadillac was completely destroyed. The Cadillac was totaled. I got out, and to my shock, my Pontiac Tempest didn’t have any damage, not even a scratch or a broken headlight!
Which Is Safer, a Big Old Car or a New Small Car?
But what about a crash between one of those old large tanks and a much newer small compact car with modern safety features? Which car do you think you would be safer in? Maybe it’s the old tank or maybe the newer small compact car.
First Video of a Crash Test Between an Old Car and a New Small Car
Nigel Latta did the first and one of the only crash tests between an old car and a newer small compact car. The video is broadcast on Curiosity Stream, but you can watch the video below to find out which car you’re safer in.
So, which is safer, one of those big old cars that were tanks or a new small car? Watch the video
This is another video showing crash tests of old vs new cars and old large cars vs new cars. You may have to slow down the video to really see the damage to the cars.
Is a Large Modern Car Safer Than a Small Modern Car?
When comparing cars of the same year with almost equal safety features, bigger is still better. People in bigger heavier cars are safer than people in smaller lighter cars. Take a look at this crash test video using the same small car as Nigel Latta’s video of the crash test between an old car and a newer small car.
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