Car Crash By Califboy10 1, Via Flickr.
Car Crash by califboy101, via Flickr
The casual observer, viewing modern car crash damage, may believe today’s cars are delicate, poorly-designed machines. To explain why this is important, let’s take a quick look at the physics. The equation conveys, in our scenario, that as the time it takes for an automobile to come to rest or change direction is increased, the force experienced by the automobile (and its occupants) is decreased.
Prior to 1959, people believed the stronger the structure, the safer the car.