Saturday, August 15, 2009

FW: Smart Car? Accident

I always get a kick out of email forwards. It is amazing how many of them are flat out wrong. Honestly, I can't think of any that I have received that are true.

The latest that I received is the "Smart Car? Accident" forward.

Here is a Smart Car......

Below is a photo of a wreck in Jefferson Parish, LA (near New Orleans ) between two trucks and a Smart Car. Think I’ll pass on the Smart Car.


Now I am no fan of the Smart car and unlike many, I have ridden in one (my company has one). Yeah, it works as transportation but that is about it. The transmission is harsh, and so is the ride thanks to a short wheelbase. The fuel mileage is good, but no different than a Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI. Check out the comparison. Plus with the Jetta I can haul three (or an uncomfortable four) of my buddies, with Clyde the wonder lab in the back. I would have to leave Clyde at home in a Smart.

Back on subject, something was fishy about this forward...

Take a look at the crushed cars wheel and compare it to the un-crushed Smart car above. The crushed wheel has five lug bolts, but the Smart only has three... That is a pretty solid clue that the crushed car isn't a Smart car. Heck, it probably isn't even a compact as most of those will have four lugged wheels.

Taking a peek over at my favorite forward busting website, Snopes, I found out that it was most likely a Ford Escape crushed between the two trucks. Ironic because an Escape is a small SUV, the type of vehicle that someone sending this forward is trying to qualify as better in accident. Honestly, I don't know if there is anything that you can drive short of another dump truck that would save you in that situation. That is about as bad as a vehicular sandwich can get. This kinda proves that.

Here are a couple pictures you can send back to anyone forwarding this your way...

Another Escape that didn't

Neither did this Hummer...

I'm kinda thinking that we should all just drive school buses. They seem to take a hit pretty well.

Wait, scratch that.

The moral of this story is, if you want to prove that small vehicles are less safe than larger, just use good old fashioned data.


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