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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

In aggregate yes, however that's not the same as saying all large vehicles are safer than all small ones. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety aggregates and publishes data about fatality rates ...
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How much does a driver weigh?

Looking at this page, it shows the curb weight of a Volkswagen Passat B5.5 1.9 TDI 130 6sp to be 1342 kg. Subtracting this from your number, it comes up with 83 kg for your driver weight, or about 183 ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

This is a question that has been addressed by Consumer Reports and other publications that are easily accessible via a Google search. To provide an answer to your question, larger cars are not ...
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Is it safe to overload the roof rails?

Would this be safe? tl;dr: No. It's hard to say exactly how unsafe or how bad the consequences might be. Assuming the rails themselves weigh on the order of 5-10 kg, you're talking about almost ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

I read an interesting article a while back that views the question slightly differently. Their take is basically that it is likely any additional safety for the occupants will be a pyrrhic gain, ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

tl;dr: It depends on many factors. Size is not a magic spell of safety. Let's break down the first paragraph from the same previously cited IIHS link: By far the largest number of motor vehicle ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

All other things being equal, a bigger (more massive) car would be safer – for its occupants. But all other things are rarely equal, either in the design of the car or in the dynamics of the crash. ...
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Is it safe to overload the roof rails?

Regardless of weight, the advisory height limit of 50 cm will likely be violated if the plan is to carry the two kayaks on their sides. I'd advise against doing so for this reason alone.
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What does this engine weigh?

An online search lead to, 440 lbs if its a 250cid motor. Closer to 500lbs if it is a 292cid motor. The 292 is about 2 inches longer so it weighs more.
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How much can I load on my trailer on my 2017 Subaru Legacy?

You'll need to know the weight of the trailer and it's maximum capacity (which should be on a plate on the trailer, for any reasonably recent trailer), the maximum towing weight of the car (which ...
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Most effective weight reduction in modern cars?

Depends on your comfort level. AC system (complete, condensor, compressor, evap, piping, etc), stereo, and every bit of interior except the seats and critical controls. Glovebox, airbags, related ...
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Razor Dirt Quad kids ATV payload limit

The electric, toy quad is made for kids "ages 8+". The average weight for an 8 year old is 50 lbs, so the 30lb number is obviously not the rider weight limit. I think it's pretty clear that the ...
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Is it safe to overload the roof rails?

I regularly used to drive a Vauxhall Agila of the same age with large loads on the roof (bikes, roof boxes, long lengths of wood/plumbing/ladders, small boats, a big TV, and even a bath). My biggest ...
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Most effective weight reduction in modern cars?

The spare tire and jack are a good place to start. Lots of weight there, and most people would not change a tire on the side of the road and have their vehicle towed instead. This has the added ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

Short answer: no. When crashing a small and large car together, there might be a difference, but you'd be far better off, as others have said, examining the specific safety scores and record of each ...
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Trailer Hitch Limits on 2007 PT Cruiser

I'm seeing your towing capacity for the PT to be ~2200lbs. Please remember, this towing capacity also includes any weight which is on the inside of the vehicle, such as people and cargo. If you are ...
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How bar ends helps in reducing handle bar vibrations on motorcycle?

Adding weight will change the resonant frequency of the handlebars, yes. But if the weight you added made that resonance closer to the problem frequency, then it can amplify them dramatically. It is ...
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How much can a van be overloaded?

tl dr: Actually, it's not something which is imposed by the law, it's something which is there by design. Don't do it as it's not safe. There's several things which goes into this: Power: You have ...
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What happens when one hugely exceeds towing capacity of an electric vehicle?

As HandyHowie says, the rated towing specs of a car are not about the amount it can pull, but the amount it can control - in in particular, the amount of braking available. The heavier the trailing ...
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How does towing small trailer vs carrying multiple passengers affect the car?

Basically, there is no difference between the two. Weight is weight. It will affect the braking, take off, fuel mileage, etc., pretty much the same either way (rolling resistance of the tires may have ...
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What part of a car makes it tilt to the inside of a turn?

Yes, a stiffer torsion bar (aka anti-roll bar) will reduce weight transfer. Say you're turning left: as the car begins to turn, the weight is shifted to the right, and the right suspension (spring + ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

In my opinion the safer car is the best handling one. I believe all these analyses are for deaths in case of a crash. A better handling car avoids many crashes but is lighter (in order to handle ...
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Is a bigger car safer than a smaller car?

it is very dependant on design and construction - Euro NCAP rating is probably a good indicator for you. For example, the 2015 Honda Jazz (a Supermini) scored 5 stars whilst the 2016 Hilux (Pickup ...
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Front of the car(sedan) hitting speed bumps when approached at right angle

Any additional weight in the passenger compartment will be spread across all four wheels, but obviously not equally. If the additional weight is nearer the rear wheels, they will receive more of the ...
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Is it safe to overload the roof rails?

Personally, I would try it. Assuming there was a built in safety factor, I loaded 100 lbs of mountain bike/rack onto the 75 lb limited factory roof rails/cross bars on an '04 Toyota RAV4, and other ...
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Is it safe to overload the roof rails?

I don't think it's necessary to go into specifics. Just generally speaking you can already determine that it is not a good idea. These things are tested to breaking point and then a large safety ...

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