Car, Truck, Or Suv?
If it's time for a new vehicle, you're going to be faced with several decisions. Should you buy a car, truck or SUV? Maybe you're looking for a family vehicle and feel that a truck isn't appropriate? With some of the newer models, you have just as much interior room as with many small cars. Perhaps you're looking for great gas mileage or a car, truck or SUV that has good resale value. Or it could be that you're one of the many people who want a vehicle that will serve your needs safely. If safety is one of your biggest priorities, there are some things you should consider before you decide on a car, truck or SUV. There is quite a lot of talk about the safety ratings of the various car, truck and SUV models. Some manufacturers are making safety a top priority and are spending a lot of time and effort to be sure that the car, truck or SUV you purchase will withstand an incredible impact. Rollover accidents seem to be more prevalent for trucks and SUVs and there's a reason behind that statistic. Trucks and SUVs typically have a higher center of gravity than most cars. Even passenger vans tend to have the center of gravity closer to the roadway. By comparison, an SUV's center of gravity is often well above the ground, making the tendency for these vehicles to roll if they go into a sideways skid. Rollovers are only one safety consideration when you're looking at a car, truck or SUV. Child seats are another important factor many people take time to consider. For example, a pickup with dual airbags is not a good idea if you plan to have a child ride with you. Airbags have been the cause of many deaths among children, even when the accident was very minor. Especially for children young enough to still be in rear-facing car seats, an air bag can be fatal. If there are children in the family, a truck with backseats or a multi-occupant vehicle is more practical and safer.