In recent years, truck manufacturers have worked hard to increase the family-friendliness of their trucks. With more accessible backseats, added cup holders, and built-in car seat buckles, Lakeland used trucks are no longer just for the jobsite. Now that trucks are becoming a “family car”, many people have been considering the safety of trucks compared to other brands like Volvo and Toyota. While trucks seem safe, it never hurts to have definitive proof, and the University at Buffalo set out to do just that.
Researchers conducted an intense scrutiny of 360 vehicles, including small and large pickup trucks. They looked beyond the conclusions of industry testing reasoning that those tests don’t always simulate real world scenarios, like a crash between a small car and large truck. The research included vehicle models from 2010 to 2012 and focused on the insurance losses, information that is tracked by the Highway Loss Data Institute, which is a non profit funded by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Once all of the data was in and tabulated, the team presented their findings at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in San Diego. Their research did confirm that vehicles with the fewest person-injury claims were large, heavy, pickup trucks and SUVs. The resulting research also showed a correlation between overall vehicle price and safety. They were able to summarize that for every $10,000 spent on a vehicle, injury claims were reduced by 12% and for every 1,000-pound increase in vehicle weight, injury claims were reduced by 19%.
In the end, the research did show what many people had already assumed that bigger, heavier vehicles are safer. So why is it important to have these figures tabulated and confirmed? There’s piece of mind, of course, but more than that, these numbers can now be viewed as facts, which can end up impacting vehicle insurance rates.
If you’re in the market for a Lakeland used truck, start looking beyond just what it can do for you on the job, and start to consider how it fits into your whole lifestyle. Safety is always a concern when purchasing a vehicle and a larger, heavier truck can certainly tow more, but it’s also safer for you and your family. For more information about the safety of Lakeland used trucks, or selecting the right truck for your lifestyle, browse the Gibson Truck World blog, or contact one of our truck specialists at (866) 442-7667 today.