Re: Amazing video of a Ford Explorer rolling over 7 or 8 times (pattyweb)
|Quote, originally posted by pattyweb »|
I personally am NOT in favor of moose avoidance simulations carried out on a parking lot as a comparison to a real world incident. The moose avoidance has it's purpose in that a driver can get a better feel for what the car is capable of.
|The moose avoidance test has no external influences on the test. Most real world incidents will have something external affecting the results.|
I disagree with your interpretation of the moose test's purpose. It is designed to simulate a panic move, which can result in a roll over.
Last year, I was on my way to Baltimore, going south on I-95. I was on the left lane of the Havre de Grace bridge. You do not want your car taking a dive off that bridge. Traffic was moderate and we were all travelling at about 45 mph or so. The truck in front of me was a LATE model Nissan Armada. I even remember the color; white. It was occupied by three Japanese couples. I was following them with a gap of, perhaps, 10 yards between their car and mine. The next to them (travelling at just about the same speed if not a tad faster) was a black sedan (I forget what type). The sedan is a hair further along than the Armada when it decided to merge left (I assume the Armada was in his blind spot, even though it was a huge truck). Armada driver reacted very sharply to avoid the collision. I tap my brakes and watched the Armada'sleft rear wheel lift off the ground. Driver overcorrected (like the lady in the video) and entered the lane where the black sedan was which had sped further forward. The Armada's right rear wheel was completely off the ground until the driver turned, again, the wheel to the left and after a few zig-zags the Armada settled down. All this as we were all slowing down, meaning it happened at a low speed. That truck ALMOST rolled over.
|Volvo could just have easily setup a moose avoidance test that would have the drivers turning off into a soft shoulder. Or into a small curb. But they didn't. Why?|
Then, the added cost of THOUSANDS ruined XC(0s (suspension damage) would have been passed to consumers like you; I am sure you all would be screaming if an XC90 2.5T AWD started at $42,000 instead of $34,000+.
|What's more realistic? A driver travelling 70mph in a empty parking lot needing to avoid a moose? Or a driver on a two lane road avoiding something or being bumped off course that the majority of the time will have them then travelling into either a soft shoulder, another car, curb, barrier, etc?|
I am sorry but I, respectfully, disagree. It is not as simple as you portrait it to be.
|What confuses me is why don't car manufacturers design cars that won't start or run unless the seat belt is on? Or at least make it a setting (that we don't get charged $$$ to change) for those of us that want to be reminded. Or a non disablable (is that a word?) warning tone. There are rare times, I've forgotten. It would be a nice reminder.|
Awesome idea. Now, if you we could get the lawyers to lay off their sticky fingers off this one...