Norwich Classic Car Insurance: Ensuring a Safer Vintage Ride

Norwich Classic Car Insurance: Ensuring a Safer Vintage Ride Norwich Classic Car Insurance Ensuring a Safer Vintage Ride

Classic cars are unarguably great to look at and fun to drive, but their safety has been called into question time after time. Many vintage vehicle enthusiasts maintain that because of the solid construction and heavy metal components classic vehicles are actually safer than their modern counterparts. This however, is completely untrue.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted a series of crash tests designed to debunk the myth that older cars are safer than new models. During one test, a vintage 1959 Chevy Bel Air was crashed into a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. The results of the test indicate that while the Malibu suffered a moderate amount of physical damage, the driver cabin was left almost completely intact which along with the properly functioning air bag system would have allowed the driver to walk away from the crash with only minor injuries. The Bel Air suffered a severe amount of damage and the driver would have been violently jostled around the car from the impact of the crash due to the lack of air bags and impact absorbing materials.

The IIHS has been monitoring and recording data about vehicle crash rates and related fatalities since 1975. The first year, the institute recorded that 44,525 people were fatally injured in motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, there were 30,800 fatal traffic accidents in 2012. This data suggests that vehicle safety has improved over the last few decades as a result of technological advancements and manufacturing regulations that ensure vehicle safety standards.

This is not to say that classic cars should simply be collectibles and show pieces. With the proper maintenance and updating, vintage automobiles can be great secondary vehicles or even highly reliable daily drivers. Experts recommend reviewing a few key safety features to update your classic ride with, for a little more peace of mind.

  • Buckle Up: Seat belts are an essential safety feature for any operational vehicle, however many vintage and classic cars lack this life saving feature. In some cases the belts are worn or not fully functional. While they may not keep the fully authentic vibe, installing the right seat belts could be the difference between smooth cruising and a terrible tragedy.
  • Update the Brakes: Most pre-1960 cars operate on a single cylinder break system, which means that if something goes wrong and the breaks fail, the driver can completely lose all breaking ability. Modern dual cylinder systems, divide the front brakes from the rear brakes which can allow for at least partial breaking capabilities should one part of the system fail. Furthermore, vehicles operating on drum brake systems are notorious for pulling left or right and it can require frequent tuning to keep the vehicle stopping in a straight line. Keeping these drums finely tuned can ensure that your classic vehicle stops on a dime.
  • Check your gauges: As with new vehicles, it is extremely important to monitor the engine temperature and pressure in a vintage vehicle. Over time the gauges can break or lose accurate function which can greatly jeopardize your ride.

At Byrnes Agency, we understand that you take pride in your vintage and Norwich classic car collections which can become a treasured family hobby and even appreciate in value over time. That’s why we take pride in providing specifically designed insurance programs to protect Connecticut Classic & Collector Cars. We offer a comprehensive array of specialty coverage inclusions which are designed to help protect your investment through renovation, modification, theft and more. We can even help establish a Connecticut auto insurance policy for classic vehicles which are used on a more regular basis. Contact us today to learn more about all of our comprehensive Norwich classic car insurance options.

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