In 1997, Sweden was the first country in the world to adopt the so-called Vision Zero traffic safety program, whose purpose was to eliminate car crashes that led to deaths or serious injuries. This set of laws is based on the principle that nothing is above human life and health, so even some of the rules are annoying, the price is insignificant compared to the lives it saves. For example, wherever there’s a location with the slightest chance of a car hitting pedestrians, the speed limit is 19 mph (30 km/h). The only places where speed limits are higher is where pedestrian traffic is clearly separated from car traffic.
The system is also applied to traffic outside cities, so in areas where there’s a possibility of a side or frontal impact between two cars, the speed limit is 43 mph and the only places with a speed limit higher than that are highways. All these speed limits are set depending on the human tolerance to impacts (a pedestrian lives if hit by a car traveling slower than 19 mph and a driver will most likely survive a crash if speed is lower than 43 mph). [Read the full article…]
No matter what, there’s one thing we always take seriously and that’s road safety. We like speed, we like cars, we like having fun with cars, but we never joke about safety. Because if you’re driving like a maniac or make a mistake, the worst part is that other people will get hurt, not only you. And speaking of mistakes, here’s just video that has just been posted by the New Zealand Transport Agency as part of a campaign trying to make drivers aware of the risks speeding brings. It’s one of the best ads we’ve seen lately and there’s not too much we can comment on, just watch it and learn: [Read the full article…]
Starting with November 1, the Electronic Stability Control system became mandatory for all new vehicles sold in the European Union that weight less than 3.5 tons. Starting with November 1, 2015, the new law will also apply to all other vehicles.
According to stats provided by Bosch, the company that invented the system and introduced it in 1995, 84% of all new vehicles sold in the EU were already available with ESC as standard. The system is widely regarded as one of the most important safety innovations in the history of the automobile and many reports showed that more than 80 percent of all crashes caused by the driver losing control could be avoided if all vehicles came with ESC. In 2011 alone, the system prevented more than 33,000 accidents and saved more than 1,000 human lives, according to another study by Bosch. These results were reported in the European Union only, in a time when the system was offered as standard on only 40 percent of new cars. [Read the full article…]
Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld has been performing the so called moose test ever since the 1970s and each year they “abuse” most new models with results being awaited by anyone slightly interested in car safety. Last week, it was the Porsche Macan’s turn to avoid the moose, only that it didn’t perform quite as expected. According to the Swedes, the front wheels locks in the middle of the evasive maneuver and the car will go straight ahead instead of following the path and getting back to the original direction. In real life, this translates into more time spent on the oncoming lane or the side of the road. Of course, no point in explaining what this would lead to.
“The behavior is extremely strange, which we don’t see too often and we’ve seen it, unfortunately, in more Macans,” said one of the guys in the testing crew. The tested Macans were loaded according to the manufacturer’s specs and several tests were also performed with some of the weight off (around 150 kg/330 pounds), but the results were the same. Here’s the video released by Teknikens Varld: [Read the full article…]
Texting while driving has become a serious issue around the world an in many countries is one of the leading causes of accidents. While some companies are working on finding ways to solve this problem “by force”, the most popular way of trying to prevent this behavior are different campaigns carried on by companies and authorities all over the world. And we’ve seen a lot of great road safety campaigns over time (here‘s one of the most recent) and now we have another one, this time from Volkswagen.
The German carmaker set up an elaborate campaign whose purpose was to show people, once again, that texting while driving is extremely dangerous. So what they did was take a cinema in Hong Kong full of people and before the movie started, they [Read the full article…]