Psychology of Automobiles…


January 21, 2013 by EthanAllen2076

Think cars had class in the 50’s?  Think those early mustangs and ‘vettes have lost some of their curb appeal?  Remember when cars in the 70s and 80s had 3/8″ chromed steel bumpers?  No airbags, and maybe seat belts?  Think cars are safer now?

I believe the car you drive says a lot about the driver.  Whether you are actively making a choice, or going along with the crowd…you are telling your soul secrets.

In writing this, I must warn all readers, that my Ford F-350 has an affinity for Toyota Priuses (priusses, Priae?  PRIUSss…see the problem?), SMRT CARS (think Homer Simpson), and Echos…

I think if I were in the industry, I would name the next generation compact car a “skid mark” or “speed bump.”

Article below on the safety and reasons behind the smaller and smaller cars…putting your lives on the line…in order to save the planet.  Well, what’s really more important?  That’s a question you should answer…before you buy your next car.

And…a link from the article’s second page on crash tests performed at 40mph: HERE


One thought on “Psychology of Automobiles…

  1. tjefferson2076 says:

    Some REAL evidence to back this up (this is from the Institute for Highway Safety). It shows that the largest vehicles or vehicles designed as “real sports cars” tend to protect their passengers while small compact cars the least. The numbers are normalized to 100, with the lower number paying out the least and the higher number paying out more than average. The personal injury protection is the coverage for injuries sustained by individuals inside the driver’s vehicle.

    Based on this information, as well as convenience, I personally own a pickup truck and a large SUV for my family. I however, encourage people to freely choose whatever vehicle that suits their needs, but there are potential consequences due to the laws of physics…hence the reason why they don’t make children wear seat belts on buses. Happy and safe driving!

    Lowest claim frequency: Personal injury protection
    Vehicle Vehicle size and class Claim frequency
    Porsche 911 2dr Midsize sports car 32
    Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Midsize sports car 38
    Chevrolet Silverado 2500 crew 4WD Very large pickup 39
    Mercedes Benz SL class convertible Midsize sports car 42
    Jeep Grand Cherokee Midsize SUV 42
    Lexus LX 570 4WD Large luxury SUV 42
    Land Rover Range Rover 4WD Large luxury SUV 44
    Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4WD Large pickup 44
    Ford F-150 4WD Large pickup 44
    Cadillac Escalade ESV 4WD Very large luxury SUV 45

    Highest claim frequency: Personal injury protection
    Vehicle Vehicle size and class Claim frequency
    Toyota Yaris Mini four-door car 201
    Suzuki SX4 Small four-door car 187
    Chevrolet Aveo Mini four-door car 183
    Mitsubishi Galant Midsize four-door car 179
    Kia Rio Mini four-door car 175
    Hyundai Accent Mini four-door car 173
    Nissan Versa Small four-door car 173
    Dodge Avenger Midsize four-door car 167
    Nissan Sentra Small four-door car 162
    Chevrolet Aveo Mini station wagons/minivan 157

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