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by Jeff Rasansky - November 20, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

Small cars have many advantages. Unfortunately, they also have some pretty big disadvantages that you need to be aware of.

There are many advantages to driving a smaller vehicle like a smart car. Gas mileage, naturally, is usually more impressive with these vehicles. You also have the advantages of easy handling, quick pick-up and, in some cases, very good responsiveness on the road. When you’re parking, the tight turn radius and excellent visibility these vehicles tend to have are both tremendous advantages. Here are some things to watch out for when you’re on the road in a smaller vehicle. There are a few drawbacks to smaller cars when it comes to safety.

Hard to be seen.

Small Car Safety

Small Cars & Safety

If you’re in a smaller vehicle, drivers in larger vehicles may not notice you. This is particularly true if you are shadowing them too closely from behind or if you happen to be lingering in their blind spot. If you are alongside a vehicle, either get in front of it or drop behind it so that it will not accidentally merge into your Lane, sideswiping you and potentially causing a serious wreck.

Clearance

Generally speaking, smaller cars tend to have much lower clearance than do larger cars. Because of this, you have to be more aware of hazards such as uneven pavement, mud puddles, what’s in the road and other dangers that could cause your vehicle to bottom out. This can end up causing a lot of damage to your vehicle, so be aware of how high your vehicle is off of the ground and whether or not you can clear any obstructions you see.

Overloading

Smaller vehicles are generally designed for everyday use. They’re not designed to haul a lot of cargo. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to take a very heavy load from place A to place B, consider getting a friend with a pickup or renting a vehicle to do the work. The money you’ll pay to hire a vehicle is likely to be much less than you’ll pay to fix your suspension or other damage you may cause you your vehicle.

Too many passengers.

Don’t overload your vehicle with passengers. Some compact cars have two seatbelts in the back seat, even though one person could only fit back there comfortably. In subcompact vehicles, it’s actually possible to overload your car with people. Remember that compact cars are designed to be efficient; they’re not designed to be the town taxi.

If somebody sideswipes you or otherwise injures you, contact a car accident attorney. An accident attorney may be able to help you by putting together a lawsuit that could when you compensation for your property damage, medical expenses, pain and suffering.

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