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Live Healthier: Buy a Safer Vehicle

The Car Family

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Want to live longer? Don’t buy a large SUV or pick-up truck or used vehicle without a full compliment of safety features. Buy a new family sedan which weighs at least 3000 pounds. You don’t have to shy away from high performance machinery, but at the very least take a professional driving course with it. Finally, do your homework. In other words, this article could be the most important reading you do short of a pre-nuptial agreement or that Nigerian email offering to share the wealth.

The crash statistics are overwhelming. In 2005 there were nearly 45,000 people killed in vehicle accidents or about one every 12 minutes in 2005. The majority of these accidents occurred within ten miles of the home and driver negligence was the cause. The most dangerous accident is a side impact one, which is the most common cause of injury. Side airbags are a must. You might try to lobby for all vehicles to have bumpers the same height so in side crashes the bumper does not override the steel beams in the door. Data reveals that driving while using a cell phone is more dangerous than driving drunk so get a hands free unit. In addition, remember that large Hummers, Lincoln Navigators, and Ford Excursions all weigh over 6000 pounds and are illegal to drive on many residential streets and some older highways so owning one could be safer because they might not legally be able to leave the owner’s garage.

So what is the safest vehicle? There are four factors to consider. First, understand that the larger the vehicle that more difficult it is to control. Large SUVs and pick-up trucks may be safer in an accident with a smaller vehicle, but are much more likely to be involved in a single vehicle accident due to loss of control. SUVs and pickups have more than double the chance of rolling over, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, and have a higher fatality rate than cars in the same weight category. While large SUVs and pickups may be at an advantage in multi-vehicle accidents, they are involved in over 40 percent of all fatal single vehicle accidents. Putting an inexperienced driver in large SUV is an act of faith rather than logic.

Next, do your homework. There are crash test scores generated by the government and insurance industry that must be checked and are readily available online. Following that buy every safety related option. Saab and Volvos, for example, come with whiplash protection systems. Cadillac, for one, offers lane departure warnings and a system that warns the driver when a vehicle is in the vehicle’s blind spot. Mercedes and others offer knee airbags and several manufacturers offer side air bags for rear passengers. And make certain you order the electronic stability control that helps prevent rollovers.

Finally, look for the vehicle’s ability to avoid accidents. Good handling, braking, and visibility are vital. The latter should not be neglected as the rise in ownership of SUVs has resulted in over 2400 cases of children being run over or backed over.

With all that in mind here is a list of vehicles that offer excellent safety features, have good crash scores and good handling. Be advised that not all the 2007 vehicles have been evaluated and so this data is based on earlier models. Our recommendation for the “healthiest” cars in the large car category are the Acura RL Audi A6, Buick Lucerne, Chrysler 300 C/Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Lexus ES 300, Lincoln Town Car and LS, and the Volvo S80, wagons and convertibles. The Lexus would be our choice here, but the Ford is a very good family vehicle. The Volvo wagons are ideal replacements for SUVs and are loaded with safety features.

For midsized cars the Audi again is a good choice as well as the Acura TL, Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Element, Subaru Legacy and the underrated Saab 9-3. The Saab convertible is as safe a drop top as they make. Subaru’s Impreza is also a good small car. Subaru’s Forester and Honda’s CR-V were also cited. The Volkswagen Passat, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima also had high scores. Of these we like the Saab best with its perky performance and handling, but the gas mileage and roomy interior of the 2008 Accord make it attractive and the Malibu is a bargain.

Minivans from Honda, Kia, Toyota, Mazda, and Hyundai have earned top honors and there are a lot of midsized SUVs to consider. Those from Acura, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes, Saturn, Subaru, Toyota, and Volvo are rated well. We always like the way the small BMW X3 handles, but the new Saturn and Ford Edge are excellent values and Kia minvan is a bargain. The Lexus RX would be the top pick in the SUV category.

Other vehicles that are worth a look are the Lexus IS, Volkswagen Jetta, Passat, and Rabbit/Golf, and the Honda Civic. The Honda is good, but if you can afford the IS go for it. On the other hand, we are thinking of ordering the Jetta diesel wagon for our fleet next year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety published its list of death rates by vehicles collected over four years. The safest were the Chevrolet Astro, Infiniti G35, BMW 7 Series, Toyota 4Runner, Audi A4, Mercedes E and M-Class, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Lexus ES 330, Lexus RX 330, Toyota Sequoia, Honda Pilot, and BMW X5. The highest death rates were recorded for those in a Chevrolet Blazer, Acura RSX, Nissan 350Z, Kia Spectra, Pontiac Sunfire, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Cavalier, and Mitsubishi Eclipse, among others. Note that all the latter models have been replaced or redone since this data was published.

Family conference: The top choices from The Car Family in selecting a safe family car would be the small Saab, large Volvo sedan and wagon, BMW, Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru, Lexus RX and ES, Audi sedans, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry. We have high hopes that the new Volkswagens will soon be added to this mix.

A healthier life style could be as simple as exercising your credit line.

Insurance Institute for Traffic Safety

http://www.iihs.org/

National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/

H2 Hummer: Do You Need

Attention This Badly?

By The Car Family

For more reviews go to http://www.motorists.org/new/carreviews/index.html

Hummer H2 reliability just took another tumble when Paul Sr. of Orange County Choppers tried to back his Hummer over a small snow bank and the GM product lost reverse gear and had to be towed. This was on national television no less.  After he was pulled out he decided to jump another snow bank and the short wheelbase, high sitting Hummer almost nose dived.  As of July 2010, Hummer H2 resale values reflect a loss of over $1500 a month.  Add to that high insurance rates, high license fees in some states where the cost of a tag is based on new car value or weight, and the ten miles per gallon fuel economy, and it costs a Hummer H2 owner about $500 a week to own.

THIS JUST IN…Large SUVs such as the Hummer are not legal on many residential roads. Most residential streets are limited to vehicles weighing less than 6000 pounds and the Hummer H1 and H2 weigh over this. Before you buy check you local ordinances or that vehicle you are considering buying may need a parking spot in the community storage lot. http://www.slate.com/id/2104755/

Hummer drivers have almost five times the average number of violations. Which means the worst drivers apparently drive Hummers, according to traffic reports. Makes you wonder how is buying these unsafe vehicles that only the Chinese now apparently are willing to own since a company from that country has bought the brand. Yep, if you are driving a Hummer you are now driving a Chinese vehicle.

Yet another problem with owning the gas hoggish, poorly built, and evil handling Hummer H2 is the fact that drivers of these impediments to travel is that they are 4.63 times more likely to get a traffic ticket than the average driver. No wonder resale is low and General Motors sold off the division at a huge loss.

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Insurance/InsureYourCar/which-drivers-get-the-most-tickets.aspx?GT1=33004

Time Magazine lists Hummer H2 as one of worst vehicles ever made.

http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1658545_1658544_1658542,00.html

This video of wrecked Hummer H2 shows how they collapse in accidents.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFEhwwgT4Fg

Hummer shot up….more negative reactions to Hummer H2 ownership. http://www.wreg.com/Global/story.asp?S=6814344

The Sacramento Bee ran this story. 20 Cases of Hummer wheels falling off. This time in newspaper’s parking lot. Yet another danger of buying a Hummer H2

http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2006/07/hummer_wheels_f.html

For more about problems with Hummer H2 ownership go to

http://www.motorists.org/new/carreviews/index.html

Hummer Recalls from Lemon Autos

http://www.lemonauto.com/complaints/gm/hummer_h2.htm

Hummer owner kills child: States Hummer too high to see youngster in crosswalk

http://www.streetsblog.org/2007/02/14/four-year-old-killed-by-hummer-shouldnt-have-died-in-vain

Consumer Guide Gives the Hummer H2 a 2 out of 10 on its value in class scale. The lowest listing.

http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/2007-hummer-h2-3.htm

Hummer drivers most likely than any to die in a roll over

http://www.lilith-ezine.com/articles/2006/SUVs-Dangerous-01.html

Videos of Hummer H2 Problems from wheels falling off, to front end collapsing, to lack of rear visibility problems resulting in thousands of dollars in parking lot crash and more.

More Hummer problems Government is investigating

http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/hummer_h2

Hummer stuck in Boston snowstorm. Despite four wheel drive traction lacking.

http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/accident_story/12-9-03.html

Watch Hummer H2 front-end collapses during off-road climb. Is the Hummer a tough truck? Watch this video and try to imagine how much they had to pay to tow it out.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4R2TZhpbVA

Poor visibility causes this parked car accident

Notice attitude of Hummer driver. Was this hit and run?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKhpHHLDW1A&mode=related&search=

Photo of Hummer that lost wheel on the road

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7kveya46Jc&mode=related&search=

Hummer Owners go on trip. Five crashes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OClIsm36ALo

Large SUVs to Avoid

http://www.ifcar.net/toppicks.worst.htm

More bad news on resale value

http://www.carlist.com/autonews/2005/autonews_145.html

Cars that are no longer hot.

http://autos.msn.com/advice/article.aspx?contentid=4025077&topart=sports

If you have purchased a Hummer H2, Lincoln Navigator, or Ford Excursion and you were not informed by the dealer that the vehicles weight may prohibit it from being legally driven on many residential roads because it exceeds the three ton weight limit you might want to, excuse the expression, weigh your options.

The cost of finding a commercial parking storage space as well as the inconvenience of not having a very expensive car at your immediate disposal would make a compelling legal case. Certainly, most communities don’t have a priority on enforcing such a law and perhaps yours does not even have one. Nevertheless, it is a law in many towns and cities. Owners also need to think about their honesty when it comes time to sell their heavyweight. What happens if the next buyer comes back at you for selling them a car that can’t even drive on their street?

Maybe its time you contacted a lawyer or get the law changes. As well, the weight may be taken to place these heavy vehicles in the truck category, which they are now listed for many safety issues. As such they have to abide by the truck speed limit rather than the higher car limits. Check these out with federal and state officials.

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The Sacramento Bee ran this story. Yet another danger of buying a Hummer H2

http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2006/07/hummer_wheels_f.html

For more about problems with Hummer H2 ownership go to

http://www.motorists.org/new/carreviews/index.html

H2 Hummer: Do You Need

Attention This Badly?

By The Car Family

For more reviews go to http://www.motorists.org/new/carreviews/index.html

THIS JUST IN…Large SUVs such as the Hummer are not legal on many residential roads. Most residential streets are limited to vehicles weighing less than 6000 pounds and the Hummer H1 and H2 weigh over this. Before you buy check you local ordinances or that vehicle you are considering buying may need a parking spot in the community storage lot.

http://www.slate.com/id/2104755/

This video of wrecked Hummer H2 shows how they collapse in accidents.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFEhwwgT4Fg

Hummer shot up….more negative reactions to Hummer H2 ownership. http://www.wreg.com/Global/story.asp?S=6814344

The Sacramento Bee ran this story. 20 Cases of Hummer wheels falling off. This time in newspaper’s parking lot. Yet another danger of buying a Hummer H2

http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2006/07/hummer_wheels_f.html

For more about problems with Hummer H2 ownership go to

http://www.motorists.org/new/carreviews/index.html

Hummer Recalls from Lemon Autos

http://www.lemonauto.com/complaints/gm/hummer_h2.htm

Hummer owner kills child: States Hummer too high to see youngster in crosswalk

http://www.streetsblog.org/2007/02/14/four-year-old-killed-by-hummer-shouldnt-have-died-in-vain

Consumer Guide Gives the Hummer H2 a 2 out of 10 on its value in class scale. The lowest listing.

http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/2007-hummer-h2-3.htm

Hummer drivers most likely than any to die in a roll over

http://www.lilith-ezine.com/articles/2006/SUVs-Dangerous-01.html

Videos of Hummer H2 Problems from wheels falling off, to front end collapsing, to lack of rear visibility problems resulting in thousands of dollars in parking lot crash and more.

More Hummer problems Government is investigating

http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/hummer_h2

Hummer stuck in Boston snowstorm. Despite four wheel drive traction lacking.

http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/accident_story/12-9-03.html

Watch Hummer H2 front-end collapses during off-road climb. Is the Hummer a tough truck? Watch this video and try to imagine how much they had to pay to tow it out.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4R2TZhpbVA

Poor visibility causes this parked car accident

Notice attitude of Hummer driver. Was this hit and run?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKhpHHLDW1A&mode=related&search=

Photo of Hummer that lost wheel on the road

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7kveya46Jc&mode=related&search=

Hummer Owners go on trip. Five crashes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OClIsm36ALo

Large SUVs to Avoid

http://www.ifcar.net/toppicks.worst.htm

More bad news on resale value

http://www.carlist.com/autonews/2005/autonews_145.html

Cars that are no longer hot.

http://autos.msn.com/advice/article.aspx?contentid=4025077&topart=sports

The headlines read, “The Hummer H2 gets close to the worst gas mileage of any civilian vehicle. The Hummer Receives More Complaints Than Any Other Car. The Hummer emits over 3 times more carbon dioxide than an average car.” And the list goes on and includes the fact that to replace the tires, good for about 20,000 to 30,000 miles costs $1000.In 20 years of testing we have never evaluated a vehicle that had so little going for it as the hulking, visibility inhibiting, H2 Hummer. The reason is simple; this is a road hoggish $52,000 glorified pick-up truck that gets horrible gas mileage, offers extremely poor visibility, and despite its enormous girth, has little passenger and storage space. Worse, its safety record is under investigation. Intellichoice has listed it in the poorest category based on ownership costs. You can run two or three regular vehicles on the non-renewable energy the H2 gulps at 8-10 mpg.

Getting in and out is difficult for children. The ride is soft and very little feel is provided through the steering wheel. There is simply nothing to like about this vehicle except its “Damn the rest of the world” stance. General Motors indicates that the H2 has a refined four wheel drive system that gives it the ability to push through 20 inches of water and crawl up a 60 percent incline. So, if those types of obstacles are on your way home the Hummer H2 would make sense, but the GMC Acadia can do the same with a much better ride, visibility, and affordability.

The Hummer creates such hatred that one eco-terrorist burned them on a dealer’s lot. Name another vehicle that generates such actions and ask yourself if you want that type of attention on your daily trips. We have heard countless stories of people flipping off Hummer drivers, throwing garbage on them when parked, and even putting holes in the optional spare tire that mounts on the rear hatch because it takes up so much room inside.

The V8 engine produces 325 horsepower that can move the H2’s 6400 pounds to 60 mph in about 11 seconds. Just so you know that tonnage is about twice as much as a normal vehicle. Thus the braking distance it requires are the longest we have ever seen. Expect it to take from 30 to 50 feet longer to stop than smaller vehicles. If anyone stops short in front of a Hummer driver the next stop for the Hummer owner will probably be in court. It is not unusual to read about Hummers involved in rear collisions and thus the highest rating for insurance costs in the industry. A list of negative comments about Hummer ownership:http://4wheeldrive.about.com/od/highlightshummer/a/hummerhistory_3.htm

Mom’s view: This vehicle is totally irresponsible. You have extremely limited visibility in every direction. No wonder a poor child was run over by a Hummer driver who couldn’t see him in the crosswalk. Can you say class action lawsuit possible against Hummer? Even with a full 32-gallon tank you would be lucky to go 200 miles. You have to crawl into the seat, crawl over the fender to check the engine, crawl over the rear bumper to fetch groceries, and forget trying to wash the top.

I think it is anti-patriotic to drive a vehicle that burns so much fuel. I also think it is a danger to others as the bumpers are so high they overwhelm legal safety required steel guard beams in passenger vehicles. If I were a man I wouldn’t want to put my daughter, girl friend, or wife in a vehicle that draws so much negative attention. If you have a child good luck reaching into the rear seat to properly tether the car seat as the vehicle is quite high. And don’t forget to check those roll over rates. If you must have a SUV the new GMC Arcadia is much better in every way. Easily the best GM SUV.

Dad’s view: This is a very expensive off-road vehicle with lots of headroom, ground clearance, and torque. It would be perfect for a large ranch. In the city and as a commuter vehicle it is out of its element. The two major option packages are expensive and without the relocation of the spare tire the rear cargo area makes the third seat a joke. The spare tire eliminates most of your storage space and forces you to place the very heavy spare tire on the back of the Hummer in order for this vehicle to even carry a few days worth of family food supplies. Try and remove this tire before you buy it to see if this is an option you want and also try to open the rear hatch while parked on a hill. Driving in traffic is more like aiming. You have little feedback, a great deal of interior noise, are at the mercy of side winds and must live in fear of suddenly stopping traffic. It is not fun to drive, but is comfortable off-roading.

On the other hand, who is going to spend nearly $60,000 for a vehicle to go offroading? It also is much too wide for following small trails and the limited visibility makes the Hummer more of a reactive driver than the much better Jeep style vehicles. But let’s face it; people buy a Hummer because they want attention. It makes no practical sense if they don’t use it as it was designed for and that is for rough roads. General Motors new SUVs are much better than the Hummer H2 in every way. Even the new Hummer H3 at least gives you the look with 16 mpg, although it has serious visibility problems.

Young working woman’s view: The H2 is a clear example of conspicuous consumption. It is over 81-inches wide making it a garage hog as well as a road hog. Many Hummer owners are not aware of how dangerous large SUVs such as the H2 can be. They are involved in 37 percent of the fatal rollover crashes. They are far more likely to be involved in one-vehicle wrecks. What is more startling is that when these SUVs hit a normal sedan they cause more deaths. Can you say wrongful death lawsuit? The Hummer has been dealing with problems for steering design flaws, too. Plus, there has been a recall because of brake problems. For ladies, climbing in and out of the H2 is uncomfortable.

Once inside the seats are very soft. The instrument panel is fine; the gauges are easy to read, but very little room for storage. It is an extremely high lift over when you want to put packages in the back and if they fall over you are probably going to get your outfit dirty trying to fetch the escaped items. The fuel tank cap is excessive and usually dirty so carry a rag to wipe your hands should you need to refuel. By the way, it can easily cost $100 to fill up the Hummer and for that you can travel a little over three hours. For all that money you get an engine with a lot of torque making it feel faster than it is as the accelerator pedal is set so that it gives you a lot of fuel at first. After you reach 4000 rpm it isn’t so swift. High speed passing is best practiced on an empty road. You have a feeling of isolation from the highway leaving you in an awkward position in an emergency. Parking this block is interesting.

The high seating position means finding a parking spot is easy. However, even with the overly active power steering it takes courage to park when you can’t see any corner of your car. That’s right; the Hummer H2 offers no visibility in the front or rear. Backing out of the parking place is equally risky. The good news is that you can see if cars are coming down the lane or street. I sincerely wonder why anyone would buy a vehicle with so many negatives, but what makes me most unhappy is the reaction of one owner who told me, “No one can tell me what to drive.” In other words, she bought the car knowing full well its limitation but being rational didn’t matter. She wanted to say to the world, “I’m different. Look at me. I don’t conform.” And, she was right. Another owner in Florida used on in her real estate business. She got heaps of hate mail, but the big tax right off was more of a benefit for her. Remember, that for every Hummer H2 that is owned by a business, your tax dollar is helping them pay for it. So whether you like the Hummer H2 or not, every taxpayer in America is paying for them one way or another thanks to the Bush administration and the Democrats who supported him.

Family conference: Not much to add. The Hummer H2 is easily the worst vehicle we ever evaluated, but we don’t live in the mountains or go deeply off road where its capabilities could be used to advantage although the Sierra Club has complained that such heavy vehicles can damage even legal off-road trails. President Bush has seen fit to give buyers of vehicles that weigh over 6000 pounds a tremendous 25 percent tax break despite the call for a more energy aware America. Thus a businessperson can write off a significant portion of the Hummer’s cost, write off the gas, maintenance, and insurance. General Motors has better SUVs that have more room, more features, and are lighter on the environment. The biggest offense might be to the buyer’s wallet as resale continues to plummet with the rice of gas prices and potential buyers do more research on customer satisfaction. Of course, some people may just need the attention. At present the price of a new Hummer H2 has been discounted $12,000 as more buyers ponder the long-term negative environmental, political, and financial impact of buying this vehicle. And, remember that once they are on the road and the price continues to spiral downward they are going to end up in the hands of those who probably can’t afford insurance. In other words, unless you live in Saudi Arabia buying a Hummer H2 is like spitting in the face of common sense. General Motors has many SUVs that are far better in every way.

Major problems with Hummer ownership

http://www.codepink4peace.org/article.php?id=86

For a list of all vehicle manufacture websites go to

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