A new study conducted by the Highways Loss Data Institute (HLDI) concludes that Hybrid cars are significantly safer than conventional motor cars. The reason is that their extra weight reduces the severity of accidents.
The non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the number of road accidents, deaths and injuries found that the chances of injury during an accident are 25% lower for those travelling in a hybrid car than for people travelling in non-hybrid vehicles.
The author of the report and also the Vice President of HLDI, Matt Moore, said "Hybrids on average are 10 per cent heavier than their standard counterparts. This extra mass gives them an advantage in crashes that their conventional twins don't have."
The Institute concedes that other factors, such as when, how and by whom hybrids are driven may also play a significant role in this regard. To maximise fuel economy, hybrid drivers are, for example, known to look further ahead to avoid having to brake harshly. This "green" driving style will further contribute to the safety of occupants.
The Institute says this means drivers no longer have to face a trade-off between fuel economy and safety. Traditionally fuel-efficient vehicles were lighter - and hence less safe in an accident.
Moore says "Saving at the pump no longer means you have to skimp on crash protection."
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