VW Polo’s are involved in more road accidents because there are so many of them on the road

A study by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) concludes that the top three vehicles found to be involved in the most crashes include the Volkswagen Polo, Toyota Hilux and Toyota Quantum.

Looking at the monthly Naamsa new vehicle statistics alone, the Polo and Hilux are consistently the country’s best-selling models so the roads filled are filled with them. The higher the presence of these vehicles on the road means a higher number of these vehicles will be involved in crashes – it is as simple as that.

In addition, one also has to take into account factors like the condition of the roads and if any sort of modification or performance tuning was done to the vehicle. Eugene Herbert, CEO of MasterDrive, says: “Certain types of vehicles may attract certain types of drivers, that do not necessarily reflect their driving ability. An example is the tendency to modify a Polo or the younger drivers that these vehicles appeal to.”

Be mindful

One aspect you cannot control is the behaviour of the driver next to you. A momentary lapse in concentration because of passengers, fidgeting on the phone and jumping a red light, are right up there as the highest contributors of road accidents. There are many stereotypes associated with certain brands for example, BMW drivers thinking they own the road and not making use of the indicators.

Lowered vehicles – by means of either coilover kits or air ride suspension systems – are stereotyped as being street racers but that point is a bit wide of the mark. On the contrary, because a vehicle is so low, drivers will generally drive on or below the speed limit to avoid driving into potholes or buckle their (aftermarket) wheels.

The best thing to do is to adhere to the rules of the road as best you can. Make sure things like your vehicle’s tyres, shock absorbers and windscreen is still in good condition because it affects driving performance and visibility.

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