The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
12/24/20 8:54 a.m.

One of the most common reasons people cite for replacing their classic car with a newer model is improved safety. Advances in air bags, anti-lock brakes and traction control give drivers the impression of safety, both real and imagined. 

Sure, your Austin Mini might not fare too well if it…

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7aull
7aull New Reader
12/25/20 9:37 a.m.

Lighting- easy and invisible (no pun intended) to do, esp with new LEDs vs low-voltage generating older electrics. Just because your car is 60s (or 70s or...) doesn't mean the illumination has to match!

 

Stu A

AZ

Bardan
Bardan New Reader
9/6/21 12:36 p.m.

The best way to improve safety starts with the driver. Take it seriously, drive like your life depends on quality driving!

wzayante
wzayante
9/6/21 12:49 p.m.

I recommend the LED lighting mods - running lights, turn signals, and headlights. I've added a third brake light to my Healey as well. I figure chances are better if you can see and be seen. One other safety upgrade I've done is a fuel pump inertia switch. 

wzayante
wzayante New Reader
9/6/21 12:53 p.m.

In reply to Bardan :

Absolutely! In an environment of distracted drivers, SUVs and big trucks, situational awareness and driving skill are everything.

Bardan
Bardan New Reader
9/6/21 1:16 p.m.

In reply to wzayante :

Yea, driver training for teens has degraded since the 80s down to filling a square on a page. IDK about your state but AZ would issue a license to a monkey for $12. The only real form of safety comes from situational awareness and avoidance of that monkey.

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
9/9/21 9:00 a.m.

We switched the Tiger to LEDs. It was easy.

 

WebFootSTi
WebFootSTi New Reader
1/11/23 2:28 p.m.

I can testify to the value of updating a lap belt to a 3 point.  The update literately saved my life when I rear ended an illegally parked semi on black ice in a 1967 VW bug.  The front end was crushed so bad that the windshield popped out.  It also moved the left front tyre back about one foot!

Fortunately, I had installed a 911 steering rack and some universal joints and I still broke a bone in my left hand with a collapsible hub Momo steering wheel.  My chest was one BIG bruise and my knee had a laceration that needed a trip to the emergency room that needed to be stitched up.

Naturally the fuel tank ruptured and since it was after dark ~8 gallons of gas ignited.  Fortunately the drivers door was sprung and I was able to get out.  The car left a burn mark in the pavment for years as the transaxle case melted in to it.

My face wasn't rearranged and I couldn't sleep on my chest for a week.  The codeen that I got for my knee help too...

P.S.  I bought that seat belt for $1.00 at a rummage sale and it took a year for my hand to fully heal.

MGWrench
MGWrench New Reader
3/29/23 12:01 p.m.

I had always thought that Nils Bohlin 'invented' the 3 point seat belt until I started reading old Hot Rod magazines.  In the October 1952 Hot Rod 'What's New' column is an advertisement for 3 point seat belts at that time called 'Sam Browne-type' belts made by Air Associates in Teterboro, NJ and sold at Sears.  

MGWrench
MGWrench New Reader
3/29/23 12:01 p.m.

I had always thought that Nils Bohlin 'invented' the 3 point seat belt until I started reading old Hot Rod magazines.  In the October 1952 Hot Rod 'What's New' column is an advertisement for 3 point seat belts called at that time Sam Browne-type belts made by Air Associates in Teterboro, NJ and sold at Sears.  

bosswrench
bosswrench New Reader
9/16/23 12:16 p.m.

Riding motorcycles in CA commutes trained me to simply stay away from other vehicles. If that wasn't possible, watch their front wheel- its the first sign of someone about to do something stupid. Many are so 'entitled' or distracted that they literally don't see others (or don't care).

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