When it comes to the road, what you don't know can kill you. Take this quiz to find out if you're putting your life in jeopardy every time you get behind the wheel.
True or False? Driving an SUV is much safer than driving a smaller automobile. If you answered True, you could be in big trouble. SUVs are not safer than smaller cars. That's according to a study by the University of Michigan. Large and midsize minivans and sedans - like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord have some of the lowest fatality rates for drivers. In fact, most cars are safer than the average SUV. Is there anything less safe than an SUV? A pickup truck. It turns out, both SUVs and pickup trucks are too tall, heavy and sluggish to avoid accidents.
True or False? Driving in the country is safer than driving in the city. Again, if you answered True, you're in for a surprise. On country roads, the death rate for SUVs is four times higher than in urban areas. SUVs already have a higher rollover rate, but winding country roads increase the risk of a rollover during an accident. But no matter what car you're driving, you're safer in the stop-and-go environment of a city.
True or False? The higher the resale value, the safer the car. The answer to that one is True. Why? If lots of the same model car are still on the road after 5 years, and fetching high prices, it means that fewer of them crashed and ended up in the junkyard. Therefore, they're much safer to drive.