Modern Trucks Are Bigger, Better, But A Lot More Dangerous

Adding further salt to the wound is CR’s findings that pickups – especially entry-level models – are less likely than other vehicle types to get critical standard safety features like automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring, despite the fact that trucks actually need them more. Lighter vehicles are more agile so avoiding a collision in the first place is easier. A study from earlier this year showed that women are also at a higher risk in a crash as they tend to choose more compact vehicles, whereas more men drive trucks.

While we don’t expect hatchback sales to suddenly skyrocket after CR’s findings, a good starting point would be for automakers to equip trucks with existing technologies to make them safer for other road users.


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