Due to developments and innovations in machine-building, road vehicles like sedan cars, off-roaders, SUV’s, crossovers, and other cars tend to become safer and more reliable.
Whenever people think of winter trips, the issue of safety is of the primary importance. Quite logically, it is assumed that all the off-road vehicles are trustworthy and secure, for their dimensions. However, unfortunately, this is not true. According to the crash tests, there are off-roaders which can be even more dangerous.
Indeed, the overall dimensions are key to the point of safety in case of a front crash. Though, a number of off-roaders have poor results for the turnover ratio. Besides, there are additional criteria taken into account while estimating the safety of a vehicle.
The Top Dangerous Off-road Vehicles
- Toyota 4Runner: this off-roader has never received more than 3 points out of 5 in crash tests, the turnover risk is the highest – 24.6 percent. Besides, the system of emergency brake is not available.
- Chevrolet Tahoe: with such impressive dimensions, it creates the feeling of reliability, though the turnover risk amounts to 22.9 percent. Besides, in 2016, there have been reports of defects in the steering system as well as the safety bags faults.
- Honda HR-V: the car has poor windscreen optics which increases the risk of accidents, acknowledges as the worst among small-size crossovers. However, frontal and lateral crash tests have got quite satisfying results.
- Jeep Wrangler: with its 27.9% turnover risk, nobody may call this car safe. Besides, crash tests have revealed that drivers and passengers have high risks of head injuries.
- Audi Q3: the headlights of this crossover are considered as the worst, besides, the collision prevention system is absent, so the safety level is not very high. Though, in 2016, it was acknowledged as one of the safest off-roaders by Top Safety Pick.
- Mitsubishi ASX: these cars have poor headlights, no collision prevention system; at crash tests, the results have been unimpressive in comparison to Outlander recognized as one of the safest off-roaders.
- Nissan Qashqai: with its poor lighting system, the night visibility for a driver may cause accidents; besides, the child seat fastening system is unreliable;
- Jeep Renegade: 23% risk of turnover and poor headlights speak for themselves.
Winter trip is not only a romantic view and charming environment. Traveling in winter means that the roads may be slippery, the visibility is poor because of precipitation, and the drivers’ attention is worse because of the weather conditions. Choosing an off-road vehicle for a winter trip, it is necessary to pay particular attention to the reliability of a car. Besides, the condition of tires is also very important. With all the respect to an off-roader, keep in mind that impressive dimensions do not always mean reliability and safety.