SMALL WONDERS - SMALL CARS ARE SAFER, SAYS STUDY
Small cars are great fun. Almost as much fun as a scooter. They
are easy to maneuver in crowded cities.When you plan to buy a car
for household purposes, you first think about a car which has recently
been introduced into the market.
Most of you will consider the condition of roads in your city
before buying a car, specially when you reside in a crowded city
like Mumbai. You should pay attention to technical specifications
while looking for a new car. A wide range of tests are performed
at different vehicle centres throughout the world, in order to help
us find cars that are safe to drive.
to the latest crash test results carried out by the European New
Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), smaller cars are safer than
larger cars. During tests, a remarkable number of small cars worldwide
emerged with four stars out of a possible five. The tests include
- Frontal offset crash test, Low-speed (bumper) crash
tests, Head restraint tests, Side impact tests.
Small car dealers in Mumbai also agree that small cars are among
the safest. Ranaji, the owner of of Popular Car Bazaar said,
"When our clients look for a safe car, we advise them to
go for the small car range." K Yhadav, owner of Royal
Motors, uses an Indica. Yhadav says, "For personal use,
I prefer small cars. Indica has given me the best service for the
last one year. I always tell my friends and relatives to opt for
a small car. Considering safety measures and parking problems, I
think a small car is the best choice." He added that "Car
tests have enhanced the public's faith in small cars."
Ratings depend on how well the structure/safety cage protects the
occupant compartment, the risk of injury measured for an average-size
male, and how well the restraint system controls occupant movement.
Rankings of vehicles with similar overall crash test ratings are
based on how well head restraints and bumpers are designed to prevent
neck injuries in rear-end crashes and property damage in low-speed
By : Sharmistha Chakraborty