I think the bumper regulations is for the pedestrians, not really the people in the cars.transio said:If you ask me, bumper regulations are going in the wrong direction... higher and higher. Did anyone read that C&D article a few months back about the proposed increase in bumper height requirements?
Simply pathetic. Simple physics will tell you that the closer the bumper is to the plane of the axles and drivetrain, the more evenly forces can be dispersed, decreasing chances for serious injury.
Since most cars (excluding rock climbers and semis) have similar axle heights, that should be the required bumper height (approx. 12" O.C. above the ground, more or less?) Am I way off here or do you guys get my point?
Most vehicles nowadays are SUVs; and they seem to get bigger and bigger. And, I think your logic is right, but to accommodate 24" spinning wheels and other monsterized mechanical devices in order to order McDonald's take-outs through drive-through windows, while watching a DVD movie, the axle height is increasing and not decreasing.Since most cars (excluding rock climbers and semis) have similar axle heights, that should be the required bumper height (approx. 12" O.C. above the ground, more or less?) Am I way off here or do you guys get my point?
Of course, around here I am more worried about hitting a moose than a pedestrian, and I wouldn't want to do it in anything. I've done it once in a K car (with amazingly little damage) and have no desire to do it again.Mark said:I don't think higher bumpers regulations are for the pedestrians.
Would you rather have broken ankles or a broken pelvis ?
Most car bonnets are designed to be flexible for catching pedestrians.
Well they are over here.
I think if you're a pedestrain and get hit by some as big as that shown in your pic you'd be more likely to go under it
A good thing about the Elise being so small, as long as it's a cow you may be able to duck and slide right through its legs, If it's a bull you will have to take it up with him but I'm guessing he's not gonna be happy about itLumn8r said:Of course, around here I am more worried about hitting a moose than a pedestrian,