50 Car Innovations We're Thankful For

Crumple Zones

Luddites and nostalgists everywhere see these and think "I wish I had a car from when they were made of steel. Those were so much stronger and safer." If a person gets into a major accident in a new car, it will be trashed. But the person is much less likely to be in similar condition because of crumple zones. These absorb so much of the force of an impact that the passengers are much safer. If you take a look at the crashes that have killed drivers in motorsport, it's usually not the ones when the car goes spinning off into the distance. It's usually when all of the car's momentum is stopped by a wall and transferred to the driver.

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