What Is The Modern Way To Crash Test Cars?

September 7, 2018
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A Crash Test in the Real World

For years the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tested cars in very simple scenarios. One was literally driving head on into a flat wall at 15 mph.  Their current scenarios are much more real world.

Frontal Crash Test Scenario:

You are heading south on a two-lane road, while another vehicle is driving north on that street. The driver in the other vehicle starts to fall asleep at the wheel and veers into your lane. Suddenly, you collide head-on with the northbound vehicle.

Side Barrier Crash Test Scenario:

You pull up to a four-way intersection and make a complete stop, look to your left and right and begin to accelerate into the intersection. Another vehicle approaches the same intersection but doesn’t yield at the stop sign and hits your vehicle on the driver’s side.

  • Represents an intersection type collision
  • Simulated by A 3,015 lb. moving barrier crashes at 38.5 mph into a standing vehicle

Side Pole Crash Test Scenario:

On a rainy afternoon, you’re driving down a curved street in your neighborhood. All of a sudden, you lose control of the vehicle. You start sliding on the road sideways and crash into a telephone pole on the driver’s side.

Test Details:

  • Vehicle, angled at 75 degrees, is pulled sideways at 20 mph into a 25cm diameter pole at the driver’s seating location

Rollover Resistance Test Scenario:

You’re driving your SUV on a 55-mph highway and suddenly you come upon a sharp curve. You try to navigate the curve, but you’re traveling too fast and losing control of your vehicle, and your vehicle departs the road and rolls over.

The more real-world testing that is performed on cars, the more the five star safety rating granted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration actually will matter.

If you check their website, they actually have recommendations for both new and used cars and specifically some that are safer for teens to drive.

Drive safely.

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