QOTD: Feeling Unsafe?
No shortage of once-innocuous locales and situations qualify as “unsafe” these days. If that bad chicken restaurant comes too close to a college campus (or Toronto), expect to see protesters demanding its removal, simply so people (ie – the protesters) can feel safe.
We’ve never been less safe in society, it seems, despite existential threats like polio, lead paint, and all-out nuclear war fading from view decades ago. Still, there are scenarios in which even those who scoff at these “unsafe spacers” grow sweaty palms.
Some cars, you see, do not instill confidence and courage.
It could be the diminutive size of the vehicle (ever been straddled by two semi trailers while travelling in a Miata?), its advanced state of disrepair or decay (“Is this seat about to fall through the floor?), or a combination of factors. Perhaps it’s just a vehicle that isn’t very big and isn’t very safe.
From time to time, we find ourselves riding in a vehicle that fits one of these descriptions. Here’s a recent conveyance I’ll avoid like the plague:
Nope, it wasn’t even the four-door model, either. The egg-shaped third-generation Hyundai Accent had one main selling point: its low, low price. Everything else — passenger room, power, appearance, and especially crash worthiness — sucked hard. I rented one once and walked away cursing the thing. Much more recently, a friend’s parent’s car took up residence in her driveway.
You author’s scalp almost hits the headliner near the trailing edge of the windshield. Seat pushed back to its maximum extent, legroom is still lacking, leading the mind to ponder what injuries might crop up in even a moderate front-impact crash. How tall would I be after emerging from the wreck?
To be frank, it feels like a death trap, and IIHS data partly justifies my fears (while Hyundai greatly increased quality and safety for the fourth-generation Accent, it doesn’t help anyone travelling in this fragile egg).
So, B&B, what vehicle in your life, or at least roaming around the periphery, leaves you feeling unsafe?
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