The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently reported that more SUV owners/drivers experienced rollovers compared to cars. Is your SUV among those that are more inclined to rolling over compared to the other kinds?
Additionally, the NHTSA utilizes several tests and other details to come up with the scores for the tests. They use real-time accident data, which is gathered by measuring the center of gravity. Dynamic test maneuvers are also utilized. This is done by swiftly turning a vehicle towards one side and then making a sharp turn to the opposite side, triggering a rollover.
Below is a list of vehicles that showed better statistics in terms of rollovers.
- On top of the list was the Mazda RX-8, 4-door, sports car, which scored the highest among all the cars tested.
- The sedan type Acura TL came in second.
- In third place was again a Mazda brand but the compact sedan model.
- Overall fourth was from Volkswagen, the newest Beetle Convertible.
- The only Hyundai brand that made it to the list – at fifth – was the Tiburon Sports Coupe.
- The Pontiac Grand Prix, which was the highest-scored American car, came in eighth and last.
The SUV brand that came in first in terms of rollover avoidance was Chrysler Pacifica’s all-wheel-drive version. It’s a crossover and is sometimes mistaken as a station wagon. Guess what vehicle finished lowest on the list? It was the Sport Trac 4×2 from Ford Explorer. Also at equal levels were the Chevy Tahoe, Mercury Mountaineer, and the GMC Yukon.
What Causes SUVs Or Cars To Roll Over?
Some noteworthy details were revealed along with the ratings. One of these was that while the stability of a low-riding sedan increases at the passengers increase, the opposite occurs in high-riding SUVs. They become more unstable as the passenger load increases. This information came from reliable car manufacturers, car analysts, and vehicle owners themselves. The stability of a vehicle is highly dependent on a range of factors, including the design of the suspension system, the height of the vehicle, tire grip, weight of the sunroof, and the distance between tires.
Government data released recently also showed that about 75% of all occupants who died in rollovers were not using their seatbelts. This is probably the most disturbing information coming from government sources. This only means that if you have an SUV, you may not have scored well per the guidelines of the NHTSA, but it’s safer for you to buckle up, including your passengers, of course.
Information from varying sources agrees that any brand or category of vehicle is susceptible to rollovers. Higher and narrower vehicles like pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs are prone to roll over more than conventional cars because their top parts are heavier, and their center of gravity is located much higher. When these vehicles turn into a curve, the gravity is shifted to one side, which may cause a rollover. This is not to say that when you turn, turning alone causes the rollover. In several situations, vehicles run over a curb or trips, causing them to shift and rollover.