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  • fintailfintail Posts: 36,453
    edited January 6
    I noticed the same in Italy. It was insane, with rules made up on the spot and things like stop lights and turn lanes taken as suggestions, but I saw no crashes, no close calls. Horns are used to communicate, so it would probably offend some wimpy PNWers. I remember being nervous to drive that X5 through morning rush hour in Torino, but I had no real problems. Just pay attention, drive with a little bravery, and others will see you. A lot less phone use there too.
  • texasestexases Posts: 6,583
    Take a drive in Naples - EXCITING!

    Death rate/person in the US is about 10, in Italy about 6. But no info on rate/km, US drives a lot more.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 47,550
    The only reason they don't drive on the sidewalks in Italy is because that's where everyone parks their cars.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 49,826
    True, but the rate is per 100,000 miles, so there's no reason to presume that driving at a 5X the distance rate of the Italians would change things very much, is there?

    Naples, Palermo---tough cities to drive in. You have to be really focused. It reminded me of being projected into a video game or a pinball machine.
    texases said:

    Take a drive in Naples - EXCITING!

    Death rate/person in the US is about 10, in Italy about 6. But no info on rate/km, US drives a lot more.

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  • texasestexases Posts: 6,583
    No, the rate is per 100,000 people. There isn't data available for Italy for deaths per billion km, like that in the table I posted.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 47,550
    This stat strikes me as pretty remarkable.

    "The company, which actually has one vehicle – the Volvo XC90 – in which no one in the U.S. has died in in at least four years"

    Volvo Says It Will Have A Death-Proof Car By 2020
    (Consumerist)

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 36,453
    I wonder how that stat is for similar upmarket barges - GL, Landcruiser, LX, etc.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 49,826
    Yeah, we'd have to know how many accidents occurred, how many cumulative miles, that sort of thing. Probably nobody has died in a Tesla either. OH wait that's not true. A Tesla drove off a cliff on the Pacific Highway here in Sonoma County. Personally, that's not an accident I'd want to chance even in a Volvo XC90.

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  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 6,113
    Yes, going off a cliff into an inescapable body of water, might be preferable to die from the collision rather than from drowning in the death-proof (from collision), but not waterproof XC90.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 49,826
    In the cold waters off Calfornia's northern coast, even if you survived the plunge, in that water you'd be unconscious pretty soon. The idea of a "death proof" car is pretty arrogant if you ask me.

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  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 47,550
    If you considered a small car but ended up buying something larger, a reporter wants to talk with you. Please email PR@edmunds.com by Friday, 2/5/16 with a few words about your decision including the make and model that you chose.

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