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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 12th March 2008
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Don't forget a well made 4x4 is desgined to be drive at an angle of lean that will scare you.
A small car with an empty boot that is only used for low speed journeys should be as safe as a large car full loaded up at higher speeds.
We are a family of 4 and have a large car as it is easy to fill the boot when going away for a night or 2 as not only is htere a buggy there is also a travel cot not to menchen clothes etc.
My wife go hight by a car in the rear 3/4 of th eclio we had right next to my (at the time) 3 yr old daughter the desgin of the car helped spread the forces around them and they were ok.
All cars have rear crumple zones just like at the front in fact don't forget that at the front of a car there is a great big lump of metal.
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Hi Emilys dad, well ive been in exactly your position, i have four kids, three are grown up now but i always hated the thought of them being crammed into a tiny car so I always ran cars with a long bonnet and boot because to my mind the more bodywork there was between whatever could potentially drive into me and my kids the better ...this was in the days before air bags were everywhere... having said that modern cars are definatley safer with crumple zones and air bags, better quality seatbelts etc etc how about something like a focus 1.4 petrol? not bags of power ill admit , but as you said youre not a single lad anymore so you dont want a GTi ... its a modern car and not too expensive, reasonable on fuel, cheap to insure and tax, i belive that they are quite reliable and have abs brakes and air bags etc or if you want really good fuel economy and a decent size you could go for an early picasso diesel , its all a huge toss up between initial outlay, running costs and size i know ..but from reading your thread your children are your primary concern ( good on you mate ) ..and at the end of the day you dont want to be driving around in something that youre not comfortable with because youre worried about being in an accident with the kids on board ... whichever car you go for i wish you the best of luck
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An interesting thread.

I think all of us parents worry about what could happen,but we can all look back at things we've done in our past that children wouldn't be allowed to do now a days.

I can remember myself,my bother and my sister being carried around in the back of a Mini van as it was a cheap car and it was all my Mum and Dad could afford at the time.I look back and think just what could have happened if we'd ever had an accident in it......

One thing is for sure,a new super mini of any type will be much safer than the cars we all travelled around in as children,and although accidents will happen,we are all better protected now than we ever have been.

In most cases the bigger the car the better the chances of walking away from an accident,but until very recently the worst cars at protecting passengers were the Land Rover Freelender and Chrysler Voyager......I think I'd rather drive my son around in a Clio!.

I'd rather push my Alfa than drive a BMW....
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