How to Avoid These Classic Car Safety Pitfalls

Author: Jason / Date: August 8, 2022 / Tags: classic cars

How to Avoid These Classic Car Safety Pitfalls

( – Classic cars are undoubtedly head turners going down the road in the modern era. Many serve as sort of a time capsule or a peek into a different period of time. Unfortunately, vintage vehicles have one critical pitfall — a lack of safety features such as seatbelts and airbags. However, a few simple updates can make any classic safer on the road.

Many people believe that classic cars are inherently safer due to their steel construction and the lack of fiberglass/plastics that modern-day vehicles have. While this may be partially correct, it’s also where one important safety feature is absent. Today’s cars have built-in crumple zones to help absorb the impact of a crash, whereas classics don’t. 

On top of that, antique vehicles don’t have airbags, which is why car accidents are less fatal in the modern era. As the video above from Consumer Reports shows, crumple zones and airbags can make a world of difference in preventing injuries to drivers and passengers. 

While airbags haven’t proven to be an effective addition to classics, and you can’t really add crumple zones, there are other ways to upgrade a car’s safety features. Adding anti-lock brakes, power steering, and seat belts are a good place to start. You can also upgrade your car’s headlights and tires, providing you with better traction and allowing you to see better at night. 

While vintage vehicles are a sight to behold, adding a splash of modern-day tech makes them all the better (and safer). 

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