Though style and beauty have declined from the early days of the automobile, at least safety has increased dramatically.
Since the 1950s, we’ve seen incredible advances in automotive safety, such as anti-lock brakes, air-bags, crumple zones, shoulder belts, collapsible steering columns, and a trove of other items that have saved countless lives over the years. The modern auto is an amazing amalgamation of technology and intelligent, thoughtful design.
One item that would seem counter intuitive is the idea that a light, modern automobile would be able to withstand the impact of a 1950s era land yacht. You would think that a solid old clunker would plow right through a new compact car as if it were constructed of cardboard.
This video shows exactly how the modern safety improvements would have spared the life of the compact car driver and the opposite lack of devices and design would lead to the death of the old car driver. It’s surprising how one sided the results are in this Consumer Reports crash test.
Buckle up folks!