Good and Bad Green News

I have some good and bad news about the green movement. The bad news first… If you buy a car that is very small and hit a car that is bigger and/or heavier, the smaller vehicle will likely be worse off than the larger/heavier vehicle as a result of the impact. So if you are being exceptionally green by picking a car based on small size, you are more likely to get hurt or killed in an accident.

Granted, if you have a typical midsize car and hit an SUV the same principles apply.

Here is a great article and video on the matter. A must watch if you are considering a purchase of the smallest car you can find. Quick details: See a Smart Fortwo hit a Mercedes C class and in doing so fly into the air while the engine compartment disintegrates.
 


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The good news? TMC, the company which I am president of had our Green Blog ranked 24 on a list of the “100 Best Blogs for Those Who Want to Change the World.”

Let’s just keep in mind the pitfalls of decisions we may make in life. One of the best lessons I learned at the University of Connecticut was from my chemistry teacher’s assistants when they told me, “Everything in moderation… Including moderation.”

  • Frank Coppola
    April 16, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Rich,
    Read this blog today and also the NY Times article as well and saw the crash test video WOW!! The Smaller car got smashed up pretty badly. But like you said that midsize car got its front side end smashed big difference. I would not recommend anyone to buy a small car like the Smart or a Honda Fit. Cause the person will never come out alive out of those cars. They are a popular seller in Italy and in Europe. But people in Europe and in Italy who have these kinds of cars and get themselves in a accident 99.9% do not come out alive out of these cars cause the drive very FAST! So I would tell the World to either buy a Midsize car and or a SUV to be on the safe side.

  • Lorna Lyle
    April 16, 2009 at 11:43 am

    I was astonished yesterday to see a Smart car being driven on I-95 here in Connecticut, in one of the most dangerous stretches of that highway. With all the surrounding high-speed truck traffic, I thought the driver must be incredibly brave … or incredibly foolish.

  • Frank Coppola
    April 16, 2009 at 11:58 am

    The smart car in Italy and in Europe are very popular alot of folks have these types of cars out there. Here in the US they just started to make them about a year or so ago. But yeah if these cars get into an accident it is over. So my trian of thought is if you are looking into a car go with a midsize car that is gas efficient and or a SUV. You are better off to be safe than sorry.
    Personally I can not see myself in a Smart Car no way!

  • Michael Dinan
    April 17, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I got a Honda Fit 1.5 years ago and I LOVE it. The newscast of the car crash “study” that I saw was followed by an ad from one of the Big Three. Shocker! I don’t understand how it’s news to people when the laws of physics present themselves. What’s ironic about all this, to me, is that the relative safety of larger cars, especially SUVs, is creating a group of worse and worse drivers. How many times a day do I have to deal with some parent on a cell phone who seems not to notice anything going on around his or her vehicle? The truly troubling car studies are the ones that discuss the rollover tendencies of the American SUVs. They’re getting their come-uppance now!

  • Michael Dinan
    April 17, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Also, is it any wonder that this “study” was commissioned by the Insurance Institute? Which cars cost more to insure, large or small? Hmmmmm . . .

  • Michael Dinan
    April 17, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Also, is it any wonder that this “study” was commissioned by the Insurance Institute? Which cars cost more to insure, large or small? Hmmmmm . . .

  • Frank Coppola
    April 17, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Mike,
    You are right large cars are more to insure than smaller cars. This I would agree with you. But there is always a but bigger cars are safer than small cars. I am not here judging anyone please do not miss understand me . It the point of the matter. Going green is great we should of thought of this 100’s of years ago! But who am I? I am a regular human like everyone else.
    Just live day by day and go green.

  • myang
    June 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    first before publishing learn that engine compartment is not located at the front.

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