Your car might be trying to kill you… That’s right, you may be the proud owner of a death trap! Or in the market for one! And not even know it!
While safety features have helped reduce driver deaths to an amazing degree, there are definitely still some cars out there that you need to look out for. And luckily, your friends here at Ideal are going to help keep you and the rest of the world safe.
So here they are: the DEADLIEST cars on the road TODAY!
What’s that car that’s been tailgating me for the last 5 mile markers? Chances are it’s a Chevy Corvette. Yeah, I know, we here at Ideal ALWAYS recommend cheap ‘Vettes… but maybe you should know what you’re getting in to if you’re shopping for one.
You see, ‘Vettes are the car of choice for people with a speed addiction, and not a lot of money, or sense! As a result, the Corvette is UNDOUBTEDLY one of the most dangerous cars on the road today.
There’s nothing wrong with the design of this speed machine per se, it’s mostly just the people who drive them. Reckless and hot-headed are just two words that could be used to describe your typical Corvette driver.
And hey, I get it! Who doesn’t want to hear that V8 scream when you stab the skinny pedal? But if you look at the data, the fact of the matter is that the Corvette has 9.8 deaths per billion miles, which may just sound like numbers to you, but it ranks the Corvette among the top 3 most deadly rides on the planet!
And that’s likely because people who buy them, just aren’t equipped to handle what the Vette has to offer. They’re fast, powerful, and easily maneuverable, but when you let the need for speed take over, well let’s just say, going past the limits in a Corvette is a bit different than a Toyota Camry.
So by all means, go out and get yourself a Chevy Corvette. But if you do so, maybe consider taking a high performance driving class as well…
Hyundai Genesis Coupe
You’d hope that any car on the road today has undergone thorough testing to ensure that it will keep you and your passengers safe. Unfortunately, the reality is that there are, in fact, cars out there that bypassed these tests and are now major safety hazards. One of which is the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
This dangerous driving machine never went through the full testing process required by the IIHS or the NHTSA, and the results have been disastrous. We’re looking at about 67 deaths per million registrations, which makes it a complete mystery why this car is even still allowed on the road.
What’s even scarier? Most of these wrecks involved multiple vehicles, while about 15% came in rollover crashes. That means that the Genesis Coupe is not only a hazard to whoever’s driving it, it’s a hazard to everyone on the road.
Now typically, Hyundais are pretty reliably safe cars, but I guess this one just slipped through the cracks.
So if you see this whip winding through the lanes in your rearview, go ahead and let it pass you as quickly as possible.
The unique design that gives the Delorean its signature look is actually the root of its safety problem. Those futuristic gullwing doors make it so drivers who have been in rollover accidents have absolutely no way of getting out! Yeah, getting into a serious accident in a Delorean means you could be trapped inside! Which means if your crash happens where no one sees it, you’re pretty much up a creek without a paddle… especially when you consider that the windows are too small to crawl out of if you’re human-sized like me.
Luckily, the Delorean isn’t a car you see on the road much these days, due in part to the fact that it is essentially a prison cell on wheels, and also due to the fact that it’s also just not a very good car.
Being inside a fully-functional Delorean under your own volition is bad enough, but being trapped inside of one waiting for a crew to get you out? Now that’s a fate worse than death.
Do yourself a favor, don’t go back to the past with a Delorean.
The ‘Stang is a great choice for younger drivers who want to go FAST, and also a terrible choice for younger drivers who want to go FAST. Let me explain.
The Mustang has actually been nicknamed the “crowd killer”, which seems like a good enough reason alone to get this car off the road. If you didn’t know, it’s earned this name because it has a tendency to dive head-first into crowds when leaving a car meet… and it’s not just dangerous for unsuspecting pedestrians.
The Ford Mustang is responsible for 58 driver deaths per million registrations, and more than two-thirds of these wrecks were single-car crashes, many of them involve the vehicle rolling over.
So you’d probably hope that these cars have good ratings in rollover protection. NOPE. IIHS tests show that Mustangs perform exceptionally poorly when it comes to side crash tests.
All in all, it seems pretty obvious that Mustangs are a great way to end up seriously injured or dead. But hey, at least it was fun while it lasted?
With a sleek design that just speaks to the power that lies within, it’s no wonder that those who want to dominate the road are likely to drive a Chevy Camaro.
But the reason this car is so damn dangerous is precisely because of its powerful V8 engine combined with a rear-wheel drive system. You would think that Chevy would know that they were dooming people to the grave when combining these two features, and maybe they did but just didn’t care.
But they certainly can’t play dumb now, since the Camaro has caused 5.5 deaths per million miles, a simply inexcusable number for any vehicle.
And in case you haven’t noticed, this is the third time an American brand has appeared on this list, and spoiler alert it isn’t the last… so by now you should be growing wary towards these American-made death machines.
I’m not saying that all domestic cars are a one-way ticket to the grave, but maybe the horsepower wars between the Americans should turn into a safety war as well.
Let’s just establish the simple fact that if you plan on drifting, you have to be aware of the possible consequences when you sign up. Unfortunately, “CAUTION” is not a word in the vocabulary of many first-time drifters. And this is exactly what has elevated the Subaru BRZ to the status of one of the world’s most dangerous cars.
Just because you’ve seen Tokyo Drift seven times and know every line by heart does NOT necessarily mean you’re ready to take to the road and start drifting like a certified madman. Yes, drifting is a ton of fun. No, drifting is not easy. And if you try to drift around a corner in a BRZ and end up hitting the blunt side of a telephone pole, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The Subaru BRZ is involved in 6.9 deaths per billion miles driven, and this is largely due to the fact that people drive this car like they’re in Grand Theft Auto.
By all means, enjoy your driving experience, just don’t go tumbling cliffside in the middle of Hollywood Hills.
Try to imagine the experience of riding a hippopotamus on ice skates and you’ll begin to understand what it’s like to be behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer. This is a LARGE car, but unfortunately, most of its weight is concentrated in the top portion of the vehicle, making rollovers in this car extremely frequent.
The Explorer was built similarly to the Bronco II, which also was not a particularly safe ride. But the major mistake they made in the design of the Explorer was its top-heaviness. And even after trying to correct this flaw, drivers of this death trap kept rolling over more than a well-trained dog.
But that’s not the only problem that Explorer drivers experience. The low-pressure tires make it all too easy to lose tread while off-roading and end up getting close and comfortable with an unsuspecting tree.
Throughout the 1990’s, people were dying left and right while driving Explorers, and while those numbers have tapered off in the last decade, I definitely still would not recommend driving this top-heavy tumbling machine.
Despite its name, it’s probably better not to explore anywhere beyond your driveway in one of these cars.