Normally, I don't watch 20/20, but I was watching my TiVo of Alias and they had a commercial of this week's 20/20 on ten popular myths. Most of them were phrased in true/false style, and definitely not as cool or fun as Mythbusters.
Most of them are pretty common sense. The number one myth was: Are you safer driving an SUV than a car? Of the people surveyed on the 20/20 website, 67% said yes, 33% said no. They set up a Chevy Trailblazer (SUV) vs. a Chevy Malibu (Sedan) on a test track (the Consumer Reports test track).
The three main reasons why it's not safer than a car:
1. False sense of security
They tested it on the race track to test avoidance, steering and body roll. They just kept doing the tests at higher speeds until it failed the test. The sedan failed at 53 mph, while the SUV failed at 40.
There are few rollovers, but more deaths per rollovers, and the 3 times as likely in an SUV to die than someone in a car.
I really dislike SUVs. Interestingly enough, I'm finding that some of my friends tend to be more pro-SUV they older they get. If I had a family, I would get a minivan, not an SUV.
Just yesterday a friend of mine cited that he wanted to buy an SUV for his family. His reasons:
- it felt safer, because you can see further, and you sit higher.
- it can carry more people
- it has more powerful engine
Try as we might, we couldn't convince him to get a minivan or a station wagon.
I have another friend who wants to trade in his Acura TL for a SUV. He believes that as long as you buy one of the newer ones, they are safe. I couldn't get him to budge on it either, and this saddens me.
I'll go over the other nine in the extended entry.