Re: Need Some Help on Road Safety Info
In addition to the items mentioned previously, don't forget to include the massive improvement in vehicle safety (both passive & active) over the past 20 years including better side intrusion bars, much better tyres, suspension & brakes, ABS, more suitable (useable) steering wheels, power steering becoming more or less standard, better glass (and more window tinting which holds the glass together if smashed), crumple zone improvement, passenger safety cells (stronger from "A" pillar to "C" pillar), greater use of (and better quality) plastics in the interior of vehicles (less likely to cause injury in most cases than the previous steel dashboards etc), Air bags (driver, passenger & side), traction control, stability control, more reliable & tractable engines & drivelines, and no doubt many others i've forgotten!
I write this with the recent experience of just having gotten back into driving a 1981 XD Falcon (as my work hack) after several years of driving much newer cars (my other car is an AU series 3 XR6ST VCT) and have found it amazing how different the two are even though the basic car philosophy has stayed the same (4 door sedan, 6 cyl "family" oriented car). Not only does the XR6 go, stop & steer MUCH better, it is also much quieter, has ABS, IRS, Air bags, much better tyres, more supportive seats, and a whole host of other improvements which make for a safer drive. I know which one I would rather be driving in the event of an emergency situation on the road, both prior to and (hopefully not) after the accident that results if all the "preventative" measures fail to stop the crash.