Good point, we should all buy tanks.41Streamliner said:Last year an 18-wheeler decided to change lanes on top of me. I was just in front of his mirrors, and he didn't bother to look down, and he changed lanes into me. I was in a 98 Olds cutlass. I ended up going about 60 down the freeway sideways, with a semi grille six inches from my head, trying to come in the car with me. So naturally, I think about safety a lot.
What would have happened if I'd been in a solstice? I dunno. The solstice is lower than a regular sedan, there's no upright support to a roof like I had in the cutlass, no overhead chassis cage. What would happen? I dunno. Maybe I'd have ended up underneath it.
But maybe not. What are the chances of something like that happening? Who knows, but I bet it's less safe than a typical GM box car.
Will it keep me out of a Solstice? Well, I DON'T WANT TO WAKE UP DEAD.
But boy that sure looks like a fun car to drive........
(by the way, Thanks a bunch to the engineer who designed the safety and impact stuff on the Cutlass. The car was totaled, but I walked away without a scratch.)
But I bet that little ram that used to be in the middle of the hood has a splitting headache!I am impressed however that the doors don't look deformed at all.
Speaking of safety, does the Solstice/Sky have door side impact beams? Not that it will color my decision. Safety is more in your hands than not. If the car is low enough and the truck is high enough we can pretend to be Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation. :jesterDreamerDave said:side impact??
I believe they are now mandated in cars. I cannot imagine it not having side intrusion beams.achieftain said:Speaking of safety, does the Solstice/Sky have door side impact beams? Not that it will color my decision. Safety is more in your hands than not. If the car is low enough and the truck is high enough we can pretend to be Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation. :jester
The only way the Solstice/Sky could have side impact airbags is if they used the seat based ones that come out of the side of the seat. Since it's a convertible that means no head level ones too.Fformula88 said:I believe they are now mandated in cars. I cannot imagine it not having side intrusion beams.
I am curious to see if it ends up with side airbags. The feds are cming out with some new side impact regulations that make it all but impossible for a car to meet them without using side airbags. Now the regs don’t mandate them, but they are strict enough that it doesn’t appear a car could meet them without side bags.
Driving on the road would have helped this person! :jester I guess those telephone poles can be tricky though...AztekzRpurty said:This happened right next to my kids high school today. The telephone pole was basically about where the middle A/C vent would be in the dash. I'm still trying to find out if anyone was killed, but it obviously doesn't look good.
It definitely got me thinking about safety, but even this big pickup didn't help this person. I am impressed however that the doors don't look deformed at all.
Actually, the Comp mode of the C5 'Vette active handling is pretty damb good.brentil said:I believe if there is stability control it will be an option with ABS. Stability Control is good for your normal driver, bad if you want to race.
I had totally forgotten it had a sport option for it's traction control. Have you driven one with it turned to that mode before? I'm really interested in knowing what it's like to drive with it.solsticeman said:Actually, the Comp mode of the C5 'Vette active handling is pretty damb good.