Ask anyone the question: What is Volvo most know for?
Some may say reliability, endurance or dependability.
Most people, however, will tell you one word: Safety.
No matter how bad the weather or how dangerous the road, Volvo owners have an almost-invincible feeling of safety because they believe their car will protect them. (This author can tell you that I never worry about accidents when we’re traveling in our Volvo V70. It is a “tank.”)
In fact, we have three “Incredible but True Volvo Safety Stories” about how Volvos protected its passengers during actual, documented accidents. (All stories are from Paul’s “The Volvo Specialist” customers and they have asked us to share them with the blog readers.)
First story: About thirty years ago, a group of teenagers in the Richmond (Virginia) area were traveling in a 1984 Volvo 240. The owner of the Volvo, a teenage girl, let her friend drive the car. Evidently, he wasn’t used the Volvo steering ratio and took the corner too fast.
The break-neck cornering sent the Volvo flying, flipping the car five times and eventually landing on its roof. The rear window popped out and the passengers escaped through it. The Volvo was a total loss.
Amazingly, all four of the teen passengers weren’t injured, in spite of the fact that not a single passenger wore a seat belt! Youthful recklessness sent them all to the hospital and they were quite fortunate there no injuries or fatalities. You read it right: No injuries. Not even a scratch.
To this day, the teen girl, now adult woman, still cannot believe that she and her friends survived. She said that she learned something from this incident:
1. Don’t let your friends drive your car!
2. Don’t ever recklessly push a car’s safety.
3. Volvos are incredibly safe car. The steel cage in the Volvo 240 saved their lives.
Second story: One of our Paul’s “The Volvo Specialist” customers sent us this brief accident report on that happened in her recent accident in her 2004 Volvo S60 (see photo to right):
I was t-boned by a car that was going at least 40 mph. My car was totaled but the interior cabin was completely unaffected. I didn't even have a scratch. Before the accident occurred, I had been considering buying a new Honda or Chevy. After the accident, I am a Volvo customer.
And, finally, one last Volvo accident story from another Paul’s customer (no photo available):
My son was driving on I-95 going approx 70 mph in South Carolina when he slammed on his brakes to avoid a sudden stop in front of him. The car behind them (another Volvo) did not even apply their brakes and hit our 850 sedan in the back end (which was higher than the front end with the sudden stop). They were also traveling at about 70 mph. Our car flipped over twice and ended upside down. Both my wife and son were wearing seat belts. They came out of this with minor scratches. Our Volvo was totaled but actually looked pretty good considering. Hate to think what would have happened with a lesser vehicle.
I am definitely a Volvo customer FOR LIFE.
That legendary safety is not just a thing of the past. Volvo has retained the reputation as one of the safest cars driven. In fact, US News and World Report just rated the 2014 Volvo S60 a “5-Star” (highest) rating in all categories: overall, frontal crash, side crash and rollover. (See http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Volvo_S60/Safety/)
Additionally, the 2014 Volvo XC90 just earned the International Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick+ Award for good performance in each of the Institute’s crash-worthiness evaluations. The awards continue to come in but we have only limited space in this blog.
The bottom line is this: Volvos are the safest vehicles you can drive. But always, always drive your Volvo within the speed limits and obey all traffic laws.
Yes, Volvos are safe but never, ever push that safety. Be a smart and wise Volvo driver so you can enjoy this amazing vehicle for many years to come.
BTW: There are more “Incredible but True Volvo Safety Stories” coming in future Paul’s “The Volvo Specialist” blogs. If you have a story (with photos, if possible) please contact our office at the number below. We’d love to hear it!
For more information on Volvo safety and all things Volvo, please call the expert technicians at Paul’s “The Volvo Specialist” at (804) 276-6161 or visit our website, www.pauls-volvo.com.