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Smoke & Mirrors

by | 13th, October 2006

OF course the woman in the giant 4×4 already knows.

As she engages the urban tank’s ‘minefield’ mode and mounts the kerbs, manhole covers and cyclists around Chelsea with enviable ease, she knows that she is safe.

The do-gooder green protestor who hates mankind and wants us to eat our own faeces and purge the Earth of humanity’s evil presence is at wing mirror height. A flick on another switch and Swampy is despatched.

The truth is that you are safer in a big car than a smaller one.

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety has compiled some figures that shed light on the matter of road safety. And the findings are that the bigger the car the safer you are.

So sensational is this news that the Times introduces it on its front page. “How safe is your car?” asks the front-page headline. “OFFICIAL LEAGUE TABLE INSIDE.”

This might come as a shock to the driver of the six-year-old Rover Mini, rated the least safe car on the road. But at least the Mini driver can claim some element of cool, laughing in the face of danger as he nips in between the bus and the Isuzu Trooper (the safest car). And laughing a little more hysterically as the bus indicates right and prepares to turn left.

But the really smug faces belong to 4×4 driers, as ever. In a collision

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