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consider a situation where a vehicle scores less in a crash test but has better brakes and thus wouldn't have had the crash in the first place, which is 'safer'?
The bottom line with motoring is not necessarily the safety of the car, although that was the initial reason for starting this thread.
Azurael makes the point about a car having better brakes means there would not be crash in the first place. Only partly true the driver has to be aware of whats going on around him/her to use the brakes.
Collisions do occur, they are generally not accidents, 99% of the time someone has done something wrong to cause the crash. I just want to make sure I give my kids the best chances if we were unfortunate enough to be caught up in one.
If it were me I would drive a small car, but with my kids thats a compromise too far.
Currently in Emily's dad's garage:
1999 Scenic RXE, now gone as has the Alhambra that replaced it !