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Are Old Cars Safe? Why It’s Time for 21st-century Safety

Car safety is often at the top of the list for new-car buyers, but it’s something that the driver of a hand-me-down or used vehicle might not consider. Older cars are often built like tanks, with solid bumpers, frames and fenders with metal doors and stiff interiors. Some drivers like this aesthetic and it may seem safer than the plastic and rubber used on modern cars, but older cars are often the most dangerous vehicles on the road.

Read on to see why buying a new car is one of the most effective steps you can take to protect yourself and your family to see why you should sell your older car to Yark Buys Cars today.

The Advent of Airbags

Airbags have been commonplace since the 1990s, but the airbags of today are a far cry from the airbag technology of decades ago. In vehicles built before the 1990s, you’re not likely to find an airbag unless it was chosen as an option. Even in an older airbag equipped vehicle, passenger airbags were rare, leaving the rest of the occupants in danger in a crash. Today, all cars and light trucks are required by law to have airbags as standard equipment for the driver and front passenger. In many new cars, there are 5+ airbags dotted all around the vehicle in the form of side-curtain airbags, knee airbags and some vehicle even have airbags in the seatbelts.

Crumple Zones

As with many safety features on a vehicle, crumple zones also have a long history. They were first seen in the 1930s and advancement is still being made in improving how they work to minimize damage to the passenger compartment. Crumple zones work by slowing the speed with which the sudden stop of an impact is transferred to the bodies of a vehicle’s occupants. Many older cars focused on a sturdy, tank-like construction which has the counterintuitive effect of increasing the likelihood of passenger injury. Virtually every new car has some sort of crumple zone designed into its body and chassis.

So, Why Can Old Cars Be So Dangerous?

Although these safety features have been around for a while, it is only as technology improves that these features have become standard equipment in most vehicles. So, if your vehicle is older than 10-20 years old, it becomes clear why you should sell.

Technology is rapidly developing and beyond new types of airbags and crumple zones, there is an incredible number of safety features and even accident-prevention equipment standard and available on new cars for sale. If you’re still driving an older car that lacks the protection of modern tech, now is the perfect time to trade it in for a new one when you sell your car at Yark Buys Cars – it could be the best decision you’ve ever made.

Once you’ve made the decision to sell, come visit Yark Buys Cars as they will help you to sell your old car, the hassle-free way.

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