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Unread 08-11-2013, 08:14 AM   #1
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What's the best vehicle to get rear ended in?

I was recently rear ended by a truck in my Jeep. My Jeep survived - I was able to drive away after the accident. The truck however, had to be towed away. I thought that was odd considering my Wrangler is significantly smaller than the truck that hit me. Anyways, it was unnerving because there is not that much room between where you sit and the back of a Jeep, if you know what I mean. After the accident, I could've reached back and touched the front of the pickup it was so close.

Made me think of getting an old K5 Blazer or something. I dunno, now I'm paranoid at every stop light, thinking it's gonna happen again.

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Unread 08-11-2013, 08:41 AM   #2
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There is a lot less on the rear of a vehicle to break than the front - that's why demolition derby vehicles go in reverse most of the time.

There is no good vehicle other than a tank.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 09:44 AM   #3
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Unread 08-11-2013, 10:06 AM   #4
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Unread 08-11-2013, 10:07 AM   #5
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Unread 08-11-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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I was recently rear ended by a truck in my Jeep. My Jeep survived - I was able to drive away after the accident. The truck however, had to be towed away.

Made me think of getting an old K5 Blazer or something. I dunno, now I'm paranoid at every stop light, thinking it's gonna happen again.
You were able to drive home after a substantial rear-end collision in a SWB wrangler with I'm guessing a full-size pickup. Sounds like it was a pretty solid vehicle to me.

BTW, an old K5 is actually less safe than a modern SUV in a substantial front, side, or rear-end collision. Modern vehicles have crumple zones designed to absorb crash energy forces plus have front and side air bags. If you want safe, buy a newer truck or SUV.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 10:56 AM   #7
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You were able to drive home after a substantial rear-end collision in a SWB wrangler with I'm guessing a full-size pickup. Sounds like it was a pretty solid vehicle to me.

BTW, an old K5 is actually less safe than a modern SUV in a substantial front, side, or rear-end collision. Modern vehicles have crumple zones designed to absorb crash energy forces plus have front and side air bags. If you want safe, buy a newer truck or SUV.
Oh man, i love the people who claim" they dont make cars like they used too, those things could really take a hit!" Aaand thats why yer walking in circles due to your gimp.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 11:20 AM   #8
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You were able to drive home after a substantial rear-end collision in a SWB wrangler with I'm guessing a full-size pickup. Sounds like it was a pretty solid vehicle to me.

BTW, an old K5 is actually less safe than a modern SUV in a substantial front, side, or rear-end collision. Modern vehicles have crumple zones designed to absorb crash energy forces plus have front and side air bags. If you want safe, buy a newer truck or SUV.
Not to mention the propensity to be impaled on the steering column...

My best advice is to do what I was taught in drivers Ed... Watch the rear view until there are 3 or 4 cars behind you to act as "barrels". Leave enough room in front of you to "escape" someone that isn't stopping. Also, pump your brake pedal to flash lights at cars that aren't stopping.

It's save my bacon a number of times when I've noticed people behind me not paying attention.

A lot of that comes from riding a motorcycle though where I was taught to ride like everyone is actively TRYING to kill you.

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Unread 08-11-2013, 11:22 AM   #9
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Sometimes towing is required for minor damage. Many years ago I was in a collision with a vehicle that had damage to its muffler. A spot weld had broken free, leaving the muffler hanging at one end. The driver of that vehicle walked to a nearby 7 11 store thinking she could buy some wire, tie up the free end of the muffler, and make the vehicle driveable. Alas, 7 11 had no wire for sale, just string. The driver had no choice but to have her vehicle towed.

I know exactly how you feel about the rear end collision. Several years ago I was in a 4 cylinder car waiting for a red light to change to green when a distracted driver slammed into the rear of my vehicle and totaled it. Gettng past the experience and paranoia took a while. I had to stop thinking the same thing would happen again while waiting for a light to change. If I was in your place, I would keep driving the same vehicle. In fact, you should be more concerned about a side hit and tip over due to the high center of gravity, which is common with SUVs.

Last night I was in a minor driver side front end collision. Several years had passed since the accident with the rear end collision. One constantly has to be on guard in a big city with busy intersections. It was unclear who was at fault in this latest incident since both I and the other driver claimed we had a green light. At least no citations were issued and no one was inured, but this affair will be expensive. I feel depressed over this entire matter.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 11:34 AM   #10
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You must have some really long arms to be able to reach back and touch the truck that hit you

Being somewhat paranoid comes with the territory after an accident. jeeps from the front and back are pretty safe vehicles and from the side, while not the best, they are not horrible either.

The advice presented above is good as i always keep a distance ahead of me when stopped to be able to move out of the way should i need to, and i have a few times which saved me, the idiot who was going to hit me and probably the person in front of me a lot of headaches in teh long run.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 05:11 PM   #11
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Oh man, i love the people who claim" they dont make cars like they used too, those things could really take a hit!" Aaand thats why yer walking in circles due to your gimp.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 07:32 PM   #12
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Semi truck with a trailer.
Wrong. Semi truck with TWO trailers. More wiggle room before the force reaches the cab.

That's my regular night shift job. I fear nothing behind me but a cement truck. Even then, he loses.... big time.
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Wrong. Semi truck with TWO trailers. More wiggle room before the force reaches the cab.

That's my regular night shift job. I fear nothing behind me but a cement truck. Even then, he loses.... big time.
I've changed my mind. If I were to be in a rear end collision, I'd rather be in this...


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Unread 08-12-2013, 01:31 AM   #15
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