- Car Safety & Safe Driving
Why I Love My Volvo
I am the proud owner of a 1999 Volvo S70 T5 sedan. I have owned this automobile for about 4 years now and I am very satisfied with it. When I purchased my Volvo back in 2006, it had about 55,000 miles on it. Now it has about 128,000 miles on it and is still going strong. It is quite expensive to get repairs done since it is a European import, but I believe the safety this car offers makes it worth the cost.
My Previous Car
My previous automobile was a 2004 Kia Spectra that I purchased new in September, 2004. I drove the car for a little over a year without any problems. The car drove fine and I didn’t have any mechanical problems with it. It also got great gas mileage of about 30 mpg which was nice. When I bought my Kia I felt like I was getting a decent car at a cheap price. Overall I thought it was a good value since the cost of the car was only about $14,000 and I was getting good gas mileage too.
Why I Purchased a Volvo
In November of 2005 a drunk driver rear ended my Kia while I was sitting at a red light. It was then that I found out the reason why my car had such a low price. The Kia collapsed like an accordion because it is made from cheap aluminum with no type of steel frame around the passenger compartment. I was very fortunate that I was hit at a slight angle more on the passenger side than the driver side. If anyone else had been in the car with me they would have been killed.
The back seat and the trunk of the car were pushed almost into the front seat with me. My daughter’s car seat that was in the back seat was compacted into the back of the front seat. I was unconscious at the accident scene and have no memory of the accident. When the paramedics arrived, I was slumped over with my head resting on the back seat.
I was paralyzed for a few days and suffered a brain stem contusion as well as some damage to my cerebellum. I also had some spinal cord damage and two damaged discs in my lower back. I needed several months of treatment at a rehabilitation center where I received many types of therapies, including physical therapy, cognitive therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. I have since made a full recovery, which took about 3 years. The drunk driver who hit me was convicted of intoxication assault in 2007 and sentenced to 10 years’ probation.
Accident in the Volvo
In late 2007 my wife and daughter were involved in an accident in my Volvo one night when a person ran a red light and t-boned my wife and daughters on the driver’s side. My youngest daughter was riding in the back seat on the driver’s side. Both my wife and daughters walked away from the accident without a single scratch or even a bruise. The Volvo did its job and protected my family. As long as Volvo keeps making safe cars, I will always purchase a Volvo.