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Here is the truth about the smart fortwo that many of you know, and some will never get.

I love my car, and I would recommend it in a HEARTBEAT, but only to drivers who I know are actually observant drivers. Small cars have to be driven like a motorcycle. Always on the defensive and never ride in a blind spot.

My lady friend loves riding in my smart, but I would not want her to drive one on the freeway. She just does not pay enough attention to the road, I mean, she is cautious, but that's not always enough.
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..that little car was push into a concrete barrier...landed in the other lane..and the windshield is in one piece...the doors are closed....the damage to the 18 is big enough to require a tow...

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Amazing collection of remarkably ignorant Texans if you follow the link-
WOMAN CRITICAL AFTER SMART CAR CRASH - Montgomery County Police Reporter

Seems to me (IMHO) that if these people wouldn't trust the smart for safety, the world isn't going to miss their contribution to the gene pool. And as for the driver, the car is only safe if you stay inside, bozo. Wear your seatbelt. Duh.
Like it or not, believe it or not, each of us is a representitive for smart. You can't drive, own, or park one of these things without people stopping and talking to you. We just don't drive a belly button car....
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From Houston Chronicle:
"Porter Fire Department officials said they found the woman lying on the southbound lanes of the freeway, apparently ejected from the rear of the Smart Car. She was in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

State troopers say the Kroger 18-wheeler was northbound and changed lanes, pushing the Smart Car over the barrier and into the southbound lanes. Charges are pending."
....end of quoted text....

Even without the seatbelt, how the hell do you get from the seat to the rear gate area? The way is almost entirely blocked by seat back! Did the seat back break? Doesn't look it. Smarty even has a windshield, intact cage and the black Pure top looks fairly intact.

She got hurt being ejected at 80. I'd love to see more details on that seat belt....

Yeah, yeah, I know....You can't believe I'm defending the little beast...(;
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I'm praying the driver of the smart survives and heals quickly.
Yes most of the time if you have your seat belt on you'll stay in the car but not always. Weird things happen.

In the year we lived in Texas I drove the Houston area highways several times. They are to crowded for my liking. That said I never felt threatened by the semi's and their trailers. Of course my truck driver Dad taught me not to be. I do however respect them and you should never drive in their blind spot. Once you start going around a semi get around him as quickly as you can.
I would not want to be hit by a semi in any of my vehicles: a full size crew cab pickup, a Dodge Caravan or my smart. Of the three I'm probably safest in my smart.

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How could you not wear your seatbelt
If you turn the radio WAY UP, you CAN cover up the incessant racket from the damned seat belt beeper....
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You are in it now.....

PS - I've driven a smart in Houston; didn't care for the traffic or general caliber of drivers, but never felt less safe in the smart.
The beltway around Birmingham, AL, would also make me a little uncomfortable in a Smarty. I rode around with a local in a Mercedes SUV with the big engine. Once wound up, he drove right by the cops at 95 and they completely ignored him as all the traffic was going that fast. Some even passed us at 100! The big Benz, of course, was just loafing along at Autobahn speeds. I'd be afraid my Smart would simply be run down near the throttle limiter in such a place.....
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Even if the impact from the rear bent the seat back mechanism and forcibly reclined it (it's plausible), it's hard to imagine how your legs would get past the lap belt. The seat back won't recline all the way and your body would have to slide upwards against the lap belt. Very implausible that someone could be ejected in that manner ... unless said lap belt was not there, in which case, it's very plausible.
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Now it is notable to remember how our seatbelts are set up in our cars. They feed into the guide on the seat. And that car (being at least a 2011) has the improved roller guide. So even if the ratchet system failed, the seatbelt should have at least kept the person secure.

Maybe the driver wasn't ejected at all? Maybe the driver tried to escape the vehicle (through the rear) and didn't get very far?

Unrelated note: Wow, those rear tyres were really worn out! :eek:
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I guess in reality we should ALL drive 18 wheels.......then we'd all be equal...and safe?
By the way did ya look close at the damage to the front of that semi? The front axle and spring is even bent!
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