The one given in the decades-old debate over government-mandated safety features on motor vehicles has been this: Drivers are idiots, and they're destined to crash all the damn time. Have we taken the wrong route?
Spec Miata has become insanely popular, and we see many, many SM veterans racing in the 24 Hours Of LeMons. To hear them tell it, they've come to show us what real racing is about…
It's almost the last day of Crash Week, so we figured it's about time to revel in the spectacular stupidity surrounding car crashes. Below, our twelve favorite stupid car crashes caught on tape.
According to Egon Spengler "Print is dead," though we think the owner of this Nissan GT-R took the claim a bit literally when he plowed through newspaper boxes in downtown Houston yesterday. (Hat tip to Josh!)
A high-on-drugs Dutch trucker en route to Gothenburg, Sweden, was masturbating while driving and lost control, flipping the truck and blocking multiple lanes of traffic. While in the wreckage, he kept masturbating. Under police interrogation, he kept masturbating. That's determination.
The history of automotive safety engineering is a reflection of society. As society has changed, evolved, advanced and reassessed its values, so too were those values foisted, painfully, upon automotive engineers.
Yeah, it's still Crash Week, and we've seen some very jarring videos (some we even won't show). Now we need some comforting, so we want to know: what car makes you feel safe?
Dublin wasn't a popular answer to our QOTD, which may surprise you after seeing this clip of a bus crashing into a giant van, nearly hitting a passerby who used up all of Ireland's luck. (H/T to Paul!)
What's so different between regular car safety and electric car safety? The 330 Lb volatile battery pack in the trunk, that's what. The safety-centric Swedes are taking this into account while designing the 2012 Volvo Plug-In Hybrid.
Wrecked Exotics has put together a list of the fastest crashes they've ever seen and it's quite the compendium of carnage. Below, evidence proving bad decision making will eventually catch up to you.
When a Washington driver somehow crashed backwards into a wall it appeared she immediately killed a little girl playing on the sidewalk. She managed to escape unscathed thanks to the parking bollards. Truly, a Crash Week miracle. [NBC]