Staying Safe In An Eco-Friendly Vehicle Is All About Knowing The Risks
Fuel-efficient cars have worked wonders for our roads. With the rising popularity of vehicles like these, we can kiss goodbye to high pollution on our roads. And, we can surely all agree that’s a good thing.
But, that doesn’t mean everyone’s converted to this new way of doing things. Some people are reluctant to make the switch, and safety is often at the heart of it. Such fears aren’t entirely unfounded, either. Mark R. Jacobsen from the University of California states that “Each one mpg increase in CAFE standards causes an additional 149 fatalities per year.”. In short, there’s s solid foundation of belief that traffic fatalities have risen as eco-cars have come to the fore.
In some ways, it’s easy to see why. But, as with anything, awareness seems to be the key to staying safe. By acknowledging the risks, we can overcome and address them before they cause issues. So, without further ado, let’s look at a few of the main ones.
Light materials are one of the main things which make cars eco-friendly. After all, lighter materials = less drag, and thus less fuel consumption. It’s a simple concept. But, there’s obvious safety risks in making vehicles from light materials. How can we make them in such a way, and still ensure they’d withstand an accident with a more substantial car? As it stands, this is an issue we haven’t addressed. Though, the discussion seems to point towards getting rid of bulkier vehicles in the long-run. As it stands, your best bet is to acknowledge the issue and steer clear of cars which look like they could crush yours without worry.
Many eco-cars are also smaller. All the better for reducing fuel consumption again. But, there are also risks with going small on the road. For one, you become less visible to large cars and trucks. And, that’s not good news. Admittedly, you could contact lawyers like the ones found at this site if you were in a truck accident. But, you can avoid the need by taking care in the first place. Learn about large vehicle blind spots, and make sure you leave plenty of room between you and them when on the road. Again, the general size of eco-friendly vehicles on our roads may reduce in the coming years. But, until then, safety methods like these are your best bet.
When it comes to electric vehicles, there are entirely different risks to consider. While these eco-friendly cars also suffer from the above disadvantages, they also run the risk of running out of battery. And, if that happens on a busy highway, it comes complete with obvious dangers. As it stands, manufacturers are working on extending battery lives. But, as the driver, it’s down to you to remember to recharge, and also know about charging ports in case of emergency. By checking these before you head off, there’s much less chance your car will stop and create an obstacle in a dangerous place.
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