Monday, August 16, 2004

Neal's Safety Tip of the Month: Buy a car with daytime running lights

Daytime Running Lights reduce accidents according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

On a related note, the NY Times has an article indicating that SUV's are still more dangerous than cars. SUV's are more dangerous to their owners and to other cars. In fairness, the article does note that newer SUV's are getting better.

I prefer to call SUV's shit pig expresses.

But what about anti-lock brakes?

Anti-lock brakes don't make you any safer according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Of course, most people surveyed think you are supposed to pump anti-lock brakes. So human error probably plays a large role.

If you can afford them and can remember not to pump them in an emergency, anti-lock brakes are probably a good idea for the stability factor. If you've one tire on dry pavement and one tire on wet pavement and you hit the brakes, you could go into a spin in the middle of the road.

Of course, if you've a motorcycle, anti-lock brakes make much more sense.

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