So I was driving my son to the doctor’s office the other day in my 2011 Honda Accord. I was at a four way stop… waited my turn… and then began to make a left hand turn onto the intersecting road.
The woman at the stop sign to my right blew through the stop sign and came barreling at me in her big ass SUV. In the split second that I had to look at her, I noticed that she was fixated on her lap… clearly texting or FB’ing. Anyway, I gunned it straight to avoid her, and swerved in and out of the shoulder. She barely missed me.
Slow speed, no damage, but enough to get my heart going. Bitch never even looked up from her phone.
Anyway, we already have a 2013 Odyssey. My husband drives it.
I have a soon to be two-year old son, and am expecting a daughter at the end of June. So we will be up to our neck in car seats for the foreseeable future. We also have three large dogs that we take everywhere. MPG is not a huge issue. We live in a small town, and my commute to work is approximately 1 mile. On any given day, I probably drive about 10 miles total. We will use the Odyssey for any car trips. The Accord is completely paid off, and we would use it as a trade-in.
So, recommend me a car/van/SUV/tank. I want something with a hefty amount of metal between my children and the moron drivers out there. I recognize that at a certain speed, any collision is bound to be fatal, regardless of the make and model. Nothing is perfect.
My priorities are:
Good safety record
Not so tall that I’d have to climb up to get the kids in their car seats. It will be a while before they climb up and strap themselves in… particularly my future daughter. (I’m 5’2", so I have no problem with the van, but I might in an SUV?)
What say you??