Electric vehicles are taking over the world like a storm, with almost every car manufacturer looking to launch their own EV within the next few years. Though EVs boast several advantages over traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, their heavy weight is a major cause for concern among safety experts, especially in California.
How weight affects safety
Heavy vehicles need a lot of energy to get moving, which can create a safety hazard in terms of the time it takes to come to a full stop. In other words, heavier EVs take longer to brake or slow down than lighter ones. That extra stopping distance can be dangerous when driving in traffic or at high speeds, increasing the risk of an accident.
Heavy vehicles also require more energy to turn or respond quickly to changes in direction on the road. If you must make an abrupt maneuver while driving an EV, it may not happen as fast as with a lighter vehicle.
Moreover, when motor vehicle accidents occur, the weight of EVs can be a major factor in the extent of damage and injury. A heavier car is more likely to inflict greater harm in a collision than a lighter one.
What you can do
The good news is that electric vehicles are coming with more advanced safety features, such as automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assistance, but road users also need to take safety measures. For example:
• Drive at safe speeds to reduce the risk of a collision
• Maintain a safe following distance to allow for enough stopping distance
• Always wear your seatbelt
• Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and regularly serviced
Despite the challenges, electric vehicles are continuing to revolutionize how we get around, providing clean, efficient transportation options that are safer than ever before. With careful consideration and proper safety precautions, EVs can provide a safe and comfortable ride for anyone who takes the wheel.