Smart car, are they so smart?

Dana - posted on 11/19/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I was driving on the freeway yesterday and saw a smart car passing a semi, the semi was almost 10 times the size of the car. I thought then, it can't be so smart to drive one of those. Don't get me wrong, I would love to be able to have one, they're cheap and they are slightly better on gas but, are they worth your life?

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Tamita - posted on 01/30/2013

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Today, in fact, for the past few days, I've been seeing a woman with her 2 y.o. in the passenger side of her Smart car! IMO, not only is that NOT safe, it's CRAZY! Esp with the way people drive on I-64, some not even using turn signals!

Louise - posted on 11/24/2009

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I'm all for cars driving themselves to minimize accidents. I wonder why there's not a push for that, we have automated almost everything. I guess safety is such an issue with smart cars. However, they are cute.

Sharon - posted on 11/24/2009

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Plain & simple those things are a death trap.

Even in town the speed limit is 45 and our most popular intersection is a cross of highways - I'm not kidding... so semis are coming and going all the time.

3 kids, soccer gear x's 3, football gear, farm stuff, would never fit in a VW anything. Until recently, our street was 4 x 4 required almost, lol. So this american will stick with her 4 x 4 suburban with the big knobby tires and I will just continue to feel badly for those people driving smart cars.

Lindsay - posted on 11/22/2009

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Oh Lord, I would die! I'm pressed for space now with my Chevy Malibu! I'm hoping to upgrade to a midsize SUV when this thing starts showing signs of killing over....=)

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I saw on decked out to look like a toy. It had a turn key on the top of it (like the old fashioned wind up toys) and I thought that summed it up nicely. They're not much bigger than a toy. I think they're dangerous and they make me nervous when we pass one (and we don't have a large car). My uncle hates them, he's a long haul trucker, he says that they're so small that they're hard to see - even in the mirrors. To me, that's scary.

Jodi - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Esther:



Quoting Jodi:

Esther, so how do people with 4 kids get around? These days smaller cars are made for only 5 people......






Well, people with 4 kids might have to get something slightly bigger than a Rabbit, but they'd probably do it with a Jetta. You just tell 'em to scoot over and cram them all in the backseat. I've traveled in cars many many times growing up sitting in the trunk for short drives (up to 30 mins or so) when parents were driving around a group of us. Not in a hatchback, but in a car where you could be in the trunk and be just behind the backseat (not necessarily a station wagon though - hard to explain). For vacation and such they'll just load stuff up on the roof.






LOL.  We'd be arrested here for putting more people in the car that it was manufactured for.......:) 

Esther - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Jo:

and here where I live... Elk, Moose, Deer, Cows, Horses are on the roads A LOT... if a smart car hit a deer.......... the deer would probably have a broken ankle, the people in the smart car would probably be obliterated.


lmao - right. That's not a concern in Holland. We only have birds and cows (and they don't wonder around freely).

Esther - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Jodi:

Esther, so how do people with 4 kids get around? These days smaller cars are made for only 5 people......



Well, people with 4 kids might have to get something slightly bigger than a Rabbit, but they'd probably do it with a Jetta. You just tell 'em to scoot over and cram them all in the backseat. I've traveled in cars many many times growing up sitting in the trunk for short drives (up to 30 mins or so) when parents were driving around a group of us. Not in a hatchback, but in a car where you could be in the trunk and be just behind the backseat (not necessarily a station wagon though - hard to explain). For vacation and such they'll just load stuff up on the roof.

Jocelyn - posted on 11/19/2009

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I want one soo bad!!! But my dh will not allow me to get one ever :( He thinks they are too dangerous on the highway. I even told him I would only drive it in town and when it's not too windy lol.
Dh drives an older Lincoln that is like...3 times the size of a smart car; and I think he's crazy lol.

Isobel - posted on 11/19/2009

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They would make sense here in Toronto though, parking is ridiculously expensive, and you can park them almost anywhere.

?? - posted on 11/19/2009

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Whenever I see smart cars I think hot wheels... just cause they're so itty bitty and if there's wind I always wonder how much wind it would take to blow one over...... and here where I live... Elk, Moose, Deer, Cows, Horses are on the roads A LOT... if a smart car hit a deer.......... the deer would probably have a broken ankle, the people in the smart car would probably be obliterated.



Devon is a car/truck guy.. so we have quite a few vehicles... the three that we (he drives I don't) use are a buick family car, his 1980 GMC truck, and he has an MG midget, which is basically a matchbox car that I refuse to go in because if we were to hit a deer, or a bump the wrong way.. we'd die. For sure.



So smart cars, MG's, all small cars are not for me - I've been in too many close calls with REALLY big wild animals and livestock to feel even remotely safe in a small car.



And that doesn't even go into other drivers, big cars and the overall fear I have of being on the road anyways... there are too many careless drivers out there.

Isobel - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Jodi:

I'm with Joy, I could never fit in one of those with the kids.....not very practical at all. We drive an 8 seater 4WD. Its the only car we fit in as a family, especially now that the boys are getting so big.


smart cars are two-seaters silly ;P

(no kids...ever)

Jenny - posted on 11/19/2009

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I think they're great for a single city commuter but not practical for my needs. I need something that can tow dirtbikes, groceries, kids, my two big dogs. I need at least 6 cyclinders as I just can't handle 4 (or it can't handle me lol). I need 4 wheel drive for climbing hills (you know, for fun) and camping and hunting in isolated mountain locations. I currently have a Jeep Grand Cherokee and am saving up for a newer Tacoma.

Jodi - posted on 11/19/2009

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Esther, so how do people with 4 kids get around? These days smaller cars are made for only 5 people......

Dana - posted on 11/19/2009

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We've got an old VW rabbit, my husband did a engine transplant and it rocks but, we took the back seat out (less weight,lol) so no babies in that sucker. I used to have my own one, black with big fat white racing stripes down it. I took that one down the track too. We've moved onto the Jetta's since we've had Ethan though.

Esther - posted on 11/19/2009

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I've been in the US too long so I feel the same way now. But had I stayed in Holland I would not have given it any thought. Everyone manages it somehow. A Volkswagen Rabbit is a relative luxury car and a pretty standard size even for people with kids.

Jodi - posted on 11/19/2009

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I'm with Joy, I could never fit in one of those with the kids.....not very practical at all. We drive an 8 seater 4WD. Its the only car we fit in as a family, especially now that the boys are getting so big.

JL - posted on 11/19/2009

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I would like to have one but I would have to leave my kids and my dogs at home by themselves whenever I travelled and forget taking a stroller with me and having a car seat plus a booster seat...not enough room in those things.

Dana - posted on 11/19/2009

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I would drive one if they had freeways for smart cars only. There is no way Americans will give up the luxury of their big a** cars though.

Esther - posted on 11/19/2009

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Yeah, I agree it's a little scary. I have to say though, in Holland ALL the cars are much much smaller than they are here (and gas is almost 4 times as expensive) so there it wouldn't bother me so much. There would still be the same size discrepancy between the Smart & a truck, but the truck drivers are more used to looking for small cars and in crashes I think the small cars hold up as well as the bigger ones. It's more that in the US I would be worried about being overlooked, not just by trucks but also by people in SUVs who are sitting so much higher.

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