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2021-10-20 3:32:44 PM  
Size isn't everything.
 
2021-10-20 3:36:48 PM  

8 inches: Size isn't everything.


Says the Fiat driver...
 
2021-10-20 4:06:33 PM  
Why your truck driver shouldn't be full of drugs while driving.
 
2021-10-20 4:09:31 PM  
I had brought a new Metro in 1994 before driving big pickups became a thing. I didn't mind driving it then until about the turn of the century.

I get nervous now pretty easily even as a passenger in my friend's Silverado 4X4. It's not his driving, it's everybody else acting stupid on the road.

/get off the phone, shut up and drive, dammit!
 
2021-10-20 4:23:48 PM  
Why didn't he honk his horn? Oh, right, they're English.
 
2021-10-20 4:24:26 PM  
As if we needed any more evidence that truck drivers should immediately be replaced with a robust sensor bank, a few servos, and some clever software.
 
2021-10-20 4:24:34 PM  
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2021-10-20 4:24:50 PM  
My tiny car weighs almost 4,000 pounds.  It's not the size, it's the density...

/or something...
 
2021-10-20 4:25:06 PM  
Daily Mail?  I now doubt the existence of small cars.
 
2021-10-20 4:27:36 PM  
In the 65 feet that he pushed, I could get three lawyers in a conference call and start a bidding war.

Scion iQ.  The dorf in my back window wants me to go faster.
 
2021-10-20 4:27:53 PM  
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2021-10-20 4:27:54 PM  
Have fun getting 15 mpg driving around an SUV by yourself, subby
 
2021-10-20 4:28:20 PM  

WhoGAS: My tiny car weighs almost 4,000 pounds.  It's not the size, it's the density...

/or something...


That's what she said
 
2021-10-20 4:28:21 PM  
Maybe this is why you don't want small government safety regulations.

Because big business will grind you up and feed you to your own children if it makes them money.
 
2021-10-20 4:30:04 PM  

WhoGAS: My tiny car weighs almost 4,000 pounds.  It's not the size, it's the density...

/or something...


Well that's a whopping 5% the weight of a loaded truck. It can carry that thing around like a purse all day without noticing it.

Besides, everyone knows you should go for girth instead of density...
 
2021-10-20 4:30:33 PM  
I've driven compacts all my life; never a problem.  Easy to navigate tight turns, easy to park.  Currently drive a nuFiat ... ditched the rear seat, so it's basically a 2-seater station wagon.

The only previous car that I'd felt was 'slightly uncomfortably dangerous' was my Miata ... mostly because it was so low to the road, that my line-of-sight could be blocked by other compacts. <_<
 
2021-10-20 4:31:28 PM  

bingethinker: Why your truck driver shouldn't be full of drugs while driving.


Are falling asleep due to the insane work hours and regulations?
 
2021-10-20 4:32:44 PM  

noazark: I've driven compacts all my life; never a problem.  Easy to navigate tight turns, easy to park.  Currently drive a nuFiat ... ditched the rear seat, so it's basically a 2-seater station wagon.

The only previous car that I'd felt was 'slightly uncomfortably dangerous' was my Miata ... mostly because it was so low to the road, that my line-of-sight could be blocked by other compacts. <_<


My parents bought a second car for my mom in the 1970s called a Gremlin. My dad was so paranoid about my mom not being seen by other vehicles in that car, they had a diesel horn installed. It worked!
 
2021-10-20 4:33:06 PM  
I've been in a number of "holy fark that was close" incidents that would have been straight out car crashes if I wasn't driving something small (2006 Scion xA).
 
2021-10-20 4:33:10 PM  

EvilVanMan: Daily Mail?  I now doubt the existence of small cars.


I now doubt the existence of driving.
 
2021-10-20 4:33:27 PM  
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Subby's vehicle.
 
2021-10-20 4:33:46 PM  
Nearly saw the same thing happen today. Some moron tried to pass between two transport trucks. The one truck hit its brakes so hard they smoked. Meanwhile the guy in the car was totally oblivious to his brush with death.
 
2021-10-20 4:34:04 PM  
I'd love to RTFA, but seeing as The Daily Fail freaks out that I have an ad blocker after my ad blocker blocks 340 ads, I don't think I will....
 
2021-10-20 4:34:04 PM  

noazark: The only previous car that I'd felt was 'slightly uncomfortably dangerous' was my Miata ... mostly because it was so low to the road, that my line-of-sight could be blocked by other compacts. <_<


I spent most of the '90s driving an MGB convertible I'd restored myself.  It was likely even lower than your Miata; the early (pre-'74, "chrome bumper") cars were famously low to the ground.  I wouldn't do that nowadays.
 
2021-10-20 4:37:04 PM  
Why you shouldn't drive a small car dangerously pass or cut off trucks.
 
2021-10-20 4:37:13 PM  
There's a shiat-ton of these on teh YouTubez.

It's all fun and games 'till someone loses an eye.
 
2021-10-20 4:39:17 PM  
At some point it doesn't matter.  But, while it does, I prefer this:

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to this:
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/ marriage has nothing to do with this.
 
2021-10-20 4:39:26 PM  

CarnySaur: [Fark user image image 641x470]


I came here for that and I leave satisfied.

/Friend of mine is 6'3" and actually drives a Smart Car.
//Teased him about that Simpsons scene.
 
2021-10-20 4:39:33 PM  
CSB: Part of my misspent youth was working at an Auto Auction, which mostly sold insurance wrecks. Often, people (owners or family) would come to reclaim personal possessions from the cars, so I would accompany them to make sure they weren't stealing the battery or radio...

...one day, this guy comes in, screw driver in hand - "I need to get the plate off of this car" [hands us a sheet of paper with the VIN] we go out to the yard, and the car, which had been a Chevy Chevette, was basically a crumpled mass of metal, no longer recognizable as a car. The plate, happily, was easily accessible, facing straight up, bent up. As he unscrews the plates, I say "My condolences" - to which he replies "What do you mean?" and I said, "Well, your family member must have not made it, given the condition of the car" - he laughed and said "This is my car, I was driving when this happened!"

Two days later, somebody comes for papers out of a glove box of a Toyota. The car, outside of a banged up bumper and fender, looked pretty decent. Inside, the driver's side interior was covered in blood. The car's owner did NOT survive that crash.

Strange world
 
2021-10-20 4:40:16 PM  
Small car, big car... against any truck bigger than a king cab the operative word is 'car' and it doesn't make much difference.

A friend of mine (fellow farker) used to drive trucks.  He was making a delivery in a tight city neighborhood.  He clipped a parked car and dragged it into two other cars.  All three were total write-offs.  He didn't even notice he'd hit anything until someone yelled at him from the sidewalk.  (No one was hurt.  His boss payed the loss out of pocket.  It was cheaper than the hit his insurance would have taken.)
 
2021-10-20 4:44:09 PM  

Alien Robot: [rollingutopia.com image 480x270]
Subby's vehicle.


and he still won't help you move
 
2021-10-20 4:44:20 PM  

The_Sponge: CarnySaur: [Fark user image image 641x470]

I came here for that and I leave satisfied.

/Friend of mine is 6'3" and actually drives a Smart Car.
//Teased him about that Simpsons scene.


The Smart is actually fairly roomy. Now, if he drove Fiat 126 then I'd be impressed...
 
2021-10-20 4:46:20 PM  

awruk!: The_Sponge: CarnySaur: [Fark user image image 641x470]

I came here for that and I leave satisfied.

/Friend of mine is 6'3" and actually drives a Smart Car.
//Teased him about that Simpsons scene.

The Smart is actually fairly roomy. Now, if he drove Fiat 126 then I'd be impressed...


Ah...got it.

I once was given a Mini Cooper as a loner vehicle.  The space inside was a pleasant surprise....and I am 6'2".
 
2021-10-20 4:47:07 PM  
[The truck driver] swears he did not even feel the car


That's what they all say (because it's true).
 
2021-10-20 4:48:52 PM  

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Subby's vehicle.


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2021-10-20 4:54:20 PM  

8 inches: Size isn't everything.


Says the guy with the over-compensating username
 
2021-10-20 4:58:43 PM  

moothemagiccow: Have fun getting 15 mpg driving around an SUV by yourself, subby


Alien Robot: [rollingutopia.com image 480x270]
Subby's vehicle.


Actual

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2021-10-20 4:59:07 PM  
Even worse in a Corvette. Invisible to SUV drivers.
 
2021-10-20 5:04:09 PM  

elgrancerdo: At some point it doesn't matter.  But, while it does, I prefer this:

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to this:
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/ marriage has nothing to do with this.


Stickshifts and Safetybelts
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2021-10-20 5:11:40 PM  
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2021-10-20 5:14:05 PM  

The_Sponge: awruk!: The_Sponge: CarnySaur: [Fark user image image 641x470]

I came here for that and I leave satisfied.

/Friend of mine is 6'3" and actually drives a Smart Car.
//Teased him about that Simpsons scene.

The Smart is actually fairly roomy. Now, if he drove Fiat 126 then I'd be impressed...

Ah...got it.

I once was given a Mini Cooper as a loner vehicle.  The space inside was a pleasant surprise....and I am 6'2".


Back in the early 70's my parents, plus brother and sister, drove from Melbourne to Sydney (and back) in a Mini. With luggage. Both males at 6'.

My sister says it helped that everyone was on good terms with each other...
 
2021-10-20 5:16:24 PM  
*opens TFA*

... I might, almost, conceivably, be able to understand how someone who's been driving a typical American bigrig for 18 hours might zone out and not see a compact car underneath their gigantic engine grille.

But that's a farking cab-over. You'd have to literally be blind to not see that you've got an entire car up against the front of it, literally a few feet from your own feet.
 
2021-10-20 5:18:40 PM  
I used to drive a Honda del Sol to work (I'm 6'1", all legs, and it actually has lots of leg room). A guy rode to work with me a few times and I could see that he was scared to death the entire time, especially on the interstate.

I think it had something to do with realizing that he could inspect the underside of nearby trailers.
 
2021-10-20 5:26:46 PM  

erik-k: *opens TFA*

... I might, almost, conceivably, be able to understand how someone who's been driving a typical American bigrig for 18 hours might zone out and not see a compact car underneath their gigantic engine grille.

But that's a farking cab-over. You'd have to literally be blind to not see that you've got an entire car up against the front of it, literally a few feet from your own feet.


You're still high up and far enough back that there's a blind spot. But mirrors to see in that blind spot are pretty common.
 
2021-10-20 5:26:51 PM  

LarrySouth: The_Sponge: awruk!: The_Sponge: CarnySaur: [Fark user image image 641x470]

I came here for that and I leave satisfied.

/Friend of mine is 6'3" and actually drives a Smart Car.
//Teased him about that Simpsons scene.

The Smart is actually fairly roomy. Now, if he drove Fiat 126 then I'd be impressed...

Ah...got it.

I once was given a Mini Cooper as a loner vehicle.  The space inside was a pleasant surprise....and I am 6'2".

Back in the early 70's my parents, plus brother and sister, drove from Melbourne to Sydney (and back) in a Mini. With luggage. Both males at 6'.

My sister says it helped that everyone was on good terms with each other...


Were they still on good terms at the end of the trip?
 
2021-10-20 5:29:14 PM  
One time when riding shotgun in a fully-loaded military cargo Hemtt driving down the freeway, a Geo Metro decided to cut the truck off to where we could barely see the top of the vehicle.

I pondered to the driver if we'd feel it if we drove over them.  Driver deadpan responded "no".

To this day, I leave a lot of space when pulling into a lane ahead of a truck.
 
2021-10-20 5:31:48 PM  

awruk!: LarrySouth: The_Sponge: awruk!: The_Sponge: CarnySaur: [Fark user image image 641x470]

I came here for that and I leave satisfied.

/Friend of mine is 6'3" and actually drives a Smart Car.
//Teased him about that Simpsons scene.

The Smart is actually fairly roomy. Now, if he drove Fiat 126 then I'd be impressed...

Ah...got it.

I once was given a Mini Cooper as a loner vehicle.  The space inside was a pleasant surprise....and I am 6'2".

Back in the early 70's my parents, plus brother and sister, drove from Melbourne to Sydney (and back) in a Mini. With luggage. Both males at 6'.

My sister says it helped that everyone was on good terms with each other...

Were they still on good terms at the end of the trip?


Yep.

Dad decided to upgrade to a Morris 1100 next year.

Fun fact: several of his previous cars were Standard Vanguards...
 
2021-10-20 5:32:21 PM  

Slappy Longballs: 8 inches: Size isn't everything.

Says the guy with the over-compensating username


This made my day Slappy Longballs, thank you.
 
2021-10-20 5:33:43 PM  
As a person who used to drive a tiny car on a regular basis, I'm getting a kick out of these replies. This tiny car, as a matter of fact:

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As far as road legal small cars go, it doesn't get much smaller. It was surprisingly reliable for the 11 years it was in my family. The only things that went wrong with it were an A/C compressor that failed (replaced under warranty), some trim that came off the bottom of the door sill after it was driven through a deep puddle, and some wheels that needed to be replaced because they corroded prematurely. Other than that, it was a surprisingly reliable car, and it was even very capable in the snow. Never had one accident either (probably owing to the fact that I picked eye melting yellow as the color).

However, the novelty of a small, unusual car wears off after a handful of years. They are a lot less comfortable to drive long distances, and suffer from other drawbacks, like the convenience of space. But the main problem I see with small cars these days is the lack of visibility. We increasingly live in a world that caters mainly to people who drive SUVs. People ride higher, and in general, pay attention less. These days I drive a Hyundai Elantra, and sometimes people act like it's not even there. There are other problems too, like not being able to see around a dipshiat in a pickup truck, or literally any other taller car, like at an intersection, or even in the parking lot at a grocery store. Such as it is, I've already made the decision that my next car will be in the SUV segment. Likely a Hyundai Kona or maybe even the new Santa Cruz.
 
2021-10-20 5:35:01 PM  
I drive a small car and I love it.

Since it's small I was able to afford to get the upgraded trim level. So I got all the adaptive cruise control, lane keeping and etc. which I really appreciate and get a lot of use out of.
It gets great gas mileage, and when I fill my tiny gas tank up it only costs like $25 tops.
It handles very nimbly, and is fun to drive on windy roads.
It doesn't have a lot of power, but since the car itself is so small the small engine manages to give it plenty enough acceleration when you need it.
The payments are easy to manage.
It's easier to clean.
It's way, way easier to park in dense urban environments.
It can squeeze through small gaps other cars can't.
It can park in smaller spaces than most cars.
And it's a Honda Fit, so I can squeeze about as much inside as I can into our older CRV.

I very much like my small car.
 
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