We’ve all heard the age-old saying “they don’t make ’em like they used to” with regard to cars, trucks and SUVs. The general belief of people who say this is that older vehicles were made to a higher standard than today’s vehicles, and while this can be true in some circumstances, there’s one area where it rarely proves to be accurate: safety.
With stronger mixed material bodies, thicker doors and pillars, airbags and active safety technology, today’s vehicles are extremely safe. The aforementioned accident between a Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck and a Chevrolet Sonic sedan, which was captured on a home security camera, serves as a perfect example of just how much safer today’s vehicles are than what the industry was offering 20-30 years ago.
One might assume that a crash between a pickup truck and a Chevrolet Sonic would not end well for the driver of the little Chevy compact car. Making this situation worse for the Sonic driver is that the S-10 actually t-bones the Sonic, which can be a very dangerous type of collision for both vehicles involved. Thanks to the various vehicle safety improvements that have been implemented in recent years, though, the Sonic brushes off the impact and barely receives any damage at all. The S-10, meanwhile, takes a huge lick and ends up with some severe damage to the grille and hood.
The driver of the Chevrolet Sonic, likely a bit distracted by the fact that a pickup truck just slammed into them, lets their vehicle roll into the front of a nearby house after the collision, taking out a support beam. This secondary impact is thankfully quite minor, though we’re sure the homeowner wasn’t very happy to see that an affordable compact car just wiped out part of their porch.
“A car crashed into our house this afternoon,” the homeowner said in the video description. “This car ran a stop sign, crossing 50th street southbound, and clipped a truck heading east on 50th, which deflected it into my home.”
Check out the video of the collision embedded below to see just how far vehicle safety has come in recent years.