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Volvo Drivers and Why They Are Dangerous!

Cindy has a strong opinion based on personal experience about the safety of Volvos and Volvo drivers.

The Volvo is a car many people enthusiastically rave about, but in my experience, this is the one car you want to avoid either driving or coming into contact with on the roads. I have good reasons for this that I intend to prove in this article, and I am confident that many will agree with me based on their own experiences.

Now, take a perfectly good driver, and put them behind the wheel of a Volvo. They instantly go into 'control freak' mode. A Volvo is a very stable car, and will more often than not come off better in a crash than most other cars. This seems to lead to the driver of a Volvo thinking he or she is actually driving an invincible tank, so they appear to battle their way through every road expecting all the other drivers to get out of their way.

A good friend of mine had two nasty accidents caused by Volvo drivers, one of which drove her off the road and caused her car to roll (before he drove off and left her there). She ended up with such a hatred for these cars that she later phoned into her local radio station and started a phone-in debate, with very interesting results. Apart from the fact the phone lines were jammed, the results included various 'posh, well spoken' Volvo drivers, stating they were happy with their Volvos and could see nothing wrong, as well as Lorry and car drivers who complained that the Volvo drivers were the worst on the roads. One lorry driver went so far as to say he and his fellow colleagues referred to them as 'Ovlovians' who came from the planet 'Ovlov', because they were 'backwards'.

Now, my personal experience has backed this up as a passenger, a normal car driver, a bus driver and a taxi driver. In fact, things got so bad I actually tried to refuse to get into a taxi with an ex of mine, simply because it was a Volvo. When he finally persuaded me to get into the car, it promptly turned right into a 'no right turn' road, and the driver jumped a set of changing traffic lights. To say I regretted getting into it was an understatement!

When my mother talked about buying a Volvo, I talked her out of it, saying there was no way I would travel in her car if she did. Thankfully she listened to me, and went on to buy a Ford Granada Scorpio instead.

The problem with Volvo drivers, is that they seem to have no consideration for other road users. They drive selfishly, erratically, and nowhere near the highway code in general. Even the best drivers seem to deteriorate once you put them in a Volvo. I, for one, would rather sell one than drive it, if I were lucky enough to win one in a competition. They seldom indicate (or so it seems), they pull out in front of you, brake without warning and ignore road signs, nearly causing accidents, or worse, causing accidents, much of the time.

What are your experiences with Volvos, be it as a driver or as someone on the receiving end of their erratic driving?


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 24, 2018:

No worries I roll, I appreciate the apology, and you aren’t the first person to think the same when trying to comment on one of my articles.

Sure you’re all ‘not that bad’ ;)

I roll on September 24, 2018:

I do apologise for the last coment but not seeing my coments after i thought hard about them not being rood i thought was unfair so again i apologise. See we are not all that bad

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 24, 2018:

For the record I roll, comments on this article have to be approved before they become visible. I get emailed when a new comment has been posted, but until I see the email and visit the site I can’t approve the comment. Don’t jump to the conclusion I deliberately didn’t post your ‘polite’ comment’, I have only just seen your 3 comments all at once and have approved the first 2, but denied the insulting one in which you assumed I was not putting your comments up intentionally.

There is a message that appears when you post a comment which states that comments may will be visible until approved by the author.

I roll on September 24, 2018:

Ohh and tail gaiting is illegal so if the " big red lights " are not enough warning for you then you are driving too close

I roll on September 24, 2018:

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Thanks and yes i had a few chuckles .but on a serious note if a small child runs out in front of your car and you didnt see him or her or you wasnt quick enough to react will the car you drive now see him or her and perform an emergency stop? No! Well my volvo will .i like my car and so do most volvo drivers ,so why would we drive so recklessly? It dont make sence. You dont realy see neglected volvos on the road theas days so why would we in your opinion drive them so badly ? I think there's something missing in your life and that thing is a volvo

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on September 24, 2018:

Even with ‘big red lights’ it isn’t much of a warning if the driver hits the brakes hard for no apparent reason (which is illegal by the way). Glad you found the article amusing though.

I roll on September 24, 2018:

Brake without warning ?? The big red lights on the back ov my volvo are your warning lol this article is hilarious hahaha

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 18, 2018:

Sorry Apple Grace, I couldn’t allow your comment because it contained a link, however if you want to make the same comment again without the link included I will happily allow it. :)

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 07, 2011:

LOL JP, well I was in the UK originally, so I don't think it is specifically a USA thing. Actually I now live in the British Channel Islands which are not truly UK, and it is the same here. Sounds like all the good Volvo Drivers have moved to Sweden and left us with the bad ones :(

Jp on November 07, 2011:

Wow this post have been here the last 3 years and still alive =) i came here randomly, i think this thing with Volvo drivers may be only in USA, but here in Sweden most people drive Volvos including the police and ambulances, we drive really safe and we dont have too many car accidents, so if you come some day to sweden you may feel safe with the swedish Volvo drivers =)

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 22, 2011:

I totally agree Sven, and the cars are not the problem, it is the people that choose to drive them!

sven king on October 22, 2011:

Volvo drivers are terrible terrible, no other like them, they are always the worst on the road...

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on May 18, 2011:

Thanks for your wonderful and insightful comment Colin. I really appreciate you taking the time to make it :)

Colin L on May 18, 2011:

Found this page through Googling "Volvo drivers" whilst exceedingly bored, this was about the fifth result!

Anyway, what one of the first replies said was totally true for here in the UK. Volvos used to be the default choice if you wanted to drive without any apparent observational skills, make a total hash of trying to park, sit in the overtaking or middle lane at just below the speed limit whilst not overtaking anything, not use indicators, etc.. A naturally popular choice for caravan towing as well, of course! But like the contributor said, at some point (I'm sure Ford were involved. Or, inVolvoed, if you like), they became kinda cool and more Mercedes/Audi-orientated in the premium-ish marketplace, and attracted the same sort of pushy, impatient "young professional" types that some Mercs and Audis have. And because these cars tend to have fairly loyal owners with the money to keep them running, and they tend to last quite a long time anyway since they're pretty well built and don't really get driven hard, you still get the older squarer 740s and 850s causing a slow ponderous nuisance of themselves on the roads!

Only time I've ever been pulled over by the Police was, ironically, an old, white, square 850 T5 estate that chased me down with quite eye-popping speed since he wanted to see what was in the back of my "white van" (more on this in a min! ;-)).

Think there are certain vehicles which do change one's character, whether it's the "feel" of the vehicle (solid, big, commanding view, whatever) or some sort of psychological expectation that one feels one must live up to given the already existing stereotype, who knows? I do know that I drove that white van with quite supreme zeal, luckily not when Mr. PoliceVolvo had me in his crosshair though. Any time I drive a 4x4 I quite enjoy it too!

Funnily enough, the REALLY old Volvos, the 240s, once a deeply uncool car here, have kinda come full-circle into being so willfully uncool, that nowadays they actuually ARE kinda cool, and I would definitely have one myself given the chance! Age of a car can be a factor in coolness as well, so that probably helps, 'cos they're old cars now. I certainly have a good few second stare when I see one parked up or on the road anyway, but, and this bit is important, I do sometimes suspect that I am "broken" in a way, or a few ways...

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 20, 2011:

LOL Matthew, fair play to you, I am pleased your post was as polite as it was. Trust me, some I have had have been rude to the point of hilarious (one or two I had to delete because they were incredibly abusive and in one case even stated the person would run me over if ever they came across me whilst in their Volvo). I am guessing the rude, abusive and threatening commenters completely fail to realise their words actually back up totally what I say in this Hub!! You sound pretty decent to me (therefore not yet a 'Typical Volvo Driver' based on my experience), but perhaps the full 'Volvo' effect hasn't quite kicked in yet :)

Matthew on February 20, 2011:

For the first time in my life, I drive a volvo after 26 years of driving. It's 10 years old but still a great car. I doubt it has changed the way I drive (maybe I was a latent Volvo driver all along).

The other day I was turning left, and needed to turn right a little up the road. A guy (in a Toyota) came up around the line of traffic turning left on the wrong side of the road. He turned left & cut me off as I was turning. I tooted my horn (the Volvo has the most sublime sounding horn I've ever honked).

When I pulled up next to him in the triffic he indicated that I roll down my window. I did and asked him why he had cut me off. The first thing he said to me was "You're just a typical %*#@ Volvo driver." Well that ends the argument doesn't it?!

It's perception & the prejudice of bogans who think Chevrolets (In Australia, Holdens) & Fords are the be all & end all of motoring refinement. I know because I used to be one - hypocrite that I am.

Everyone makes mistakes on the road, but people are hyper-senstive to a Volvo-driver error. Since I bought this brilliant car I get harassed on the Freeway for doing the speed limit. I'd rather be a "typical Volvo driver" than a moron. Ovlov's rule!!

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on December 10, 2010:

Thanks Eli, well at least you have the decency to admit 'Its true'. All credit to you for that :)

Eli on December 09, 2010:

haha I've had a couple diferent cars. and now I drive a 1975 Volvo 164 and I love it :) Its true tho... once you drive a volvo that's probably all you will drive

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 09, 2010:

Hi Anita, LOL LOL LOL that story is excellent and I giggled all the way through it. I am also wildly impressed by the great range of names you have for your collection of Volvo's.

With a writing talent like yours you should be writing here on Hubpages and getting some income out of it.

Anita on October 09, 2010:

Lol this is so funny, i am studying creative writing and have to write a short story about a conflict, i chose to write about my recent volvo experiences and was googling to help me find character names (I am choosing them from the characters on this page).

I just have to tell my story, i hope you all go and get a cuppa, i will try to summarise as much as possible.

A few years ago my Dad bought a 1984 Volvo for $2000AUD. I thought it was the daggiest car ever and did my best not to be seen in it, he drove slow and proud.

Six months ago my partner and i had to drive 800km to Perth to attend my grandma's birthday party, my Dad offered us his volvo. I was grateful to have a car to use however was still embarrassed to go in it. My BF fell in love with it straight away and all weekend had made jokes of buying it off Dad. Dad was appauled, it was his baby! Unfortunatly fate stepped in and on the way home we hit a kangaroo which dented the bonnet and smashed the driver's side headlight and the grill. I was so upset as i knew my Dad would be upset aout it. I told him i would replace the parts and it would be better than new when we gave it back to him.

Dad spat the dummy and forced me into signing the paperwork to buy it from him for $300 or else he would take it out bush and forget about it. As much as i never wanted to be a volvo owner i couldn't bear the thought of his tantrum going overboard so we had a big fight and i signed the forms.

My BF drove it back to Perth and got quotes to repair it and the cheapest was $4000 if we supplied the parts. so i started hunting parts from wreckers without success.

My Aunty suggested i just buy another second hand one and let go of the original (The original volvo was called Ovlov). So i found a Perth website that advertised one for $1300 so i put a deposit on it and BF picked it up and drove it back.

That night i forced my parents to come over and i put a sign on the window saying "for sale $300" and Dad seriously thought it was the same car, he fell in love with it and said it was better than Ovlov so our relationship was mended and he was happy once more, the local folk were confused as one day they spotted the broken Ovlov and the next they saw the new one now called Turnip.

So then i still needed to get parts to fix the Ovlov so found another one on the same website for $1000 and started ringing around. the owner turned out to be in Brisbane but the person looking after it said his mate had driven off in it and then they had a falling out. So that volvo was gone!!!

So i found another 1984 volvo owned by a uni student, selling it for $1100 so i put a deposit on it and BF picked it up and drove it back, It was a little rougher but it ran, we intended to use the parts to do up Ovlov and then discard this one (who we called Parsnip).

Parsnip's advertisment said it was a 1984, but it turned out to be a 1987 which meant the bonnet was different. so i was back to square one, needing parts for the first. BF and I decided we would give Parsnip to his son later.

Last weekend we were in Perth so i could attend work training and BF had found an ad for a $200 volvo, i shuddered to think what kind of a state a car would be in for that amount and firmly put my foot down saying "enough!!! We already have enough bloody volvos!" but he ignored me as they do! and we went to see the poor thing, The body was in perfect condition so i relented and we bought it the next day.

We parked up Parsnip at his sisters house and caught a lift o pick up Rodney, our newest volvo. The story was that this uni student bought it off a mate a few months earlier, but had to return to Norway in a few weeks and thugs had smashed the drivers side window and he couldn't afford to fix it. Asmund the Norwegian told us that he advertised it for $400 but the guy that came to test drive it experienced some irratic bouncing around in the front end and freaked out, refusing to buy it. So he dropped the price and tried again when my BF saw the ad.

We took it for a run on the freeway but didn't notice any bouncing but later in the suburbs i heard a clunk, BF didn't but then a truck pulled up alongside and told us that our exhaust was dragging and causing a long trail of sparks down the road.

BF proudly told him that we had just picked it up for $200. Returning to the hotel the clutch started dropping out and i started feeling a bit sick, i didn't want to breakdown during the 800km journey home the next day but BF said we could make it so long as we didn't have to stop too often. half way to the hotel he spotted an exact same volvo parked up on a medium strip and so pulled up to investigate, it had a slight ding in the front so he wrote on a business card "If you need parts or want to sell this car give me a call" I sortof lost it then, we definitely didn't need five bloody volvos!

On our way home we pulled in to buy some poultry to take home and BF got some fencing wire to temp fix the exhaust and then a police officer called him as no one had claimed the car and his business card was on it. then i started stressing that it was stolen or involved in a robbery or something.

Somehow we managed the trip home and suprisingly enough there were no problems whatsoever. the car with all of its panels tied on with wire and rope and its missing drivers side window and its two door handles that work, has turned out to be the smoothest running car of the lot.

For $200 it has an awesome stereo system in it, a brand new spare tyre, an expensive battery, immaculate interior including the most comfortable seats ever and no cracks on the dashboard.

So we have become volvo experts in the last six months and there seems to be a little club of ovlovians who wave to each other on the roads, BF will park next to other volvos in car parks and will walk around admiring others cars too.

I have to say that for less money than it would have cost to repair the original i now own enough bloody volvos to last me a hundred years as they will never die apparently lol

And i love it when other people get confused when each time we return to town there is a new volvo in our driveway lol

Our next trip to Perth next weekend is purely for the return of our Parsnip.

Oh and i should add that i am legally blind so cannot drive, I guess i am more of a volvo owner than a volvo lover but oh well! fate has made it this way.

I don't mind so much!


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 26, 2010:

LOL Bert78, not sure how serious you are being here, but love your comment either way :)

bert78 on July 26, 2010:

Well I have been a true volvo for life, my parents had them when i was growing up and I am now a crazy volvo driver, I keep telling myself that it would truly be better for myself and most other road users if i were to buy a moped instead of my Volvo, But in some twisted way every time i get behind the wheel i become another person, impatient with others and i truly believe that other cars should not be on same road kind of like tractor are not allowed on the autobahn!!! The truth is that at some point volvo made a deal with the devil and bolted a turbo onto an otherwise boring car and made the experience Fun, Fast, reliable as well as safe. So this is a classic case of the Devil made me do it!!!!! this being said one could argue that volvo owners worship the devil and would most likely eat your babies!!!!:)

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on July 25, 2010:

Thanks Anneke (Mudhooks), interesting feedback I didn't know about or consider.

Anneke (Mudhooks) on July 24, 2010:

The acclaimed "safety rating" of the Volvo is based on the fact that their drivers never drive at a speed which is anywhere CLOSE to the speed limit on any given roadway. This is based on personal observations from thousands of hours on the roads.

If I am at the end of a string of traffic doing half the speed limit, there is inevitably a Volvo driver at the head of that string. Nintey-nine percent of the time, it is a Volvo station wagon, and usually a silver one.

If they are at an intersection, they crawl through at 20, after crawling slowly out of a stop, and the reason they had to stop was that they were driving so slowly that they get the red light, which they do at EVERY intersection.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on May 14, 2010:

Thanks for the great comment Ken, loved it.

Ken on May 13, 2010:

Most of my younger life I rode motor bikes...It was a well known fact amongst bike riders that you should stay well clear of Volvos! (As well as people who drive with wide brim hats on..Have Pillows or white "Lawn bowls" hats on the rear shelf or have blue hair.) Sticking to these things saved my bacon many times...

I just wish someone could teach them that your indicator is to warn others of what you are "going" to do..Not what you "are" doing!

Volvos here in Oz ar often driven by those who consider themselves a little bit above the massess...The old saying.."Too good for a Holden...but can't afford a Merc'"...They are often academics and as such, generaly have no place in the practical world as they have no common sense or practical ability and tend to live (and drive) in their own world...

Like the Volvo car..The drivers are well engineered but fairly ugly and very un-cool!..LOL......

The amount of fuel they use is environmentaly obcene and only the truly arrogant can justify their ownership these days ....(don't get me started on the "Hummer" and the "F250"!)



Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on April 12, 2010:

I never actually said there was anything wrong with Volvo's themselves, only that it seems to turn the people driving them into awful drivers. Those same drivers might well drive perfectly normally if put behind the wheel of any other make of car. It as if having a Volvo 'possesses' them in some freaky way, and maybe they don't even realise the silly things they do like turning into "no left turns" and jumping red lights etc (all of which I have seen Volvo's doing on a pretty regular basis amongst other things).

Volvodriver on April 12, 2010:

Your article is lame as you can't say all Volvo drivers are bad! It's driver itself who is dangerous, I think people who drive BMW's, Audi's and Mercedes are the ones who are dangerous, driver over the speed limit, weave in and out of traffic to show off their garbage cars!! All the Volvo drivers I've seen drive safe and are considerate! I've never seen a Volvo in an accident or broken down on the side of the road. It's all the other cars especially asian cars. I think drivers need to be better educated in driving. Oh I drive a Volvo myself and just like DMC said, I think I am considerate driver and don't drive crazy like BMW drivers. They are the worst, can't stand them on the roads! They should go to a race track or something!!

DMC on August 25, 2009:

I drive a Volvo and I'm very considerate. If you start to observe drivers - the vast majority break speed limits and do NOT indicate when changing lanes or turning at roundabouts. This absolutely drives me insane as I needlessly come to a stop because the other driver could not be bothered to indicate at the roundabout.

BMW drivers are by FAR the worst offenders for bad and inconsiderate driving.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on November 16, 2008:

LOL Catala, no not at all, just a person who has seen how Volvo drivers drive :) :)

catala on November 16, 2008:

ooh i laughed..have a look at the ¨volvo bikers club" we love them as long as we are driving them and not the others. just in passing are you an employee of another car manufacturer?

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 07, 2008:

Thanks Rashid :)

Benson, you are naughty. I am actually an excellent driver in any dress. You should read my hub about my adventures as a bus driver, and I passed the prelim interview drive in a double decker bus wearing a pencil skirt and high heels :)

Benson Yeung from Hong Kong on October 06, 2008:


I still want to argue that you in your pink dress, are even more dangerous.

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Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 06, 2008:

LOL Misha, you are very naughty, I hope you are sober when you drive back :)

Hi SweetiePie, ahhh, but you will be looking out for them now won't you? :)

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 06, 2008:

Interesting hub. Really had not thought much about volvo drivers before.

Misha from DC Area on October 06, 2008:

I don't think twice about driving back from taverna either. :D

My vision is good, though :P

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 06, 2008:

Hi Madison, thanks for commenting, shocked you were one of these strange Ovlovian people, but at least you are now in rehab, and over this terrible affliction :)

Mighty Mom, thanks for stopping by. Sounds like your Prius drivers are much the same as Volvo drivers, but worried that you have a Mercedes, you must have heard the joke, 'The jerk in a Merc' before surely :)

Just_Rodney, you are so lucky if you have tamed your Ovlovians. I know what you mean about Mercs too though, but can't say too much about BMW's as I used to have one. Thanks for commenting and glad you enjoyed this hub :)

Sufidreamer, that guy sounds really dangerous. It would be even worse if he owned a Volvo so please tell me he doesn't! Thanks for posting here :)

Sufidreamer from Sparti, Greece on October 05, 2008:

Put a Greek behind the wheel of any car and they are dangerous! There is a guy in the next village who is blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other. He does not think twice about driving back from the taverna.

Rodney Fagan from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City on October 05, 2008:

Misty, here in South Africa, strangely enough the 'ovlovians' are tame, mature and mature, both in age and driving courtesies. Here we have, just as Madison is experiencing, Mercedes drivers, following them In the road stupidity ratings are the BMW mob. They DO deserve, as is often seen on WWE a good resounding smack across the chest.

Thanks for a good chuckle.

Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on October 05, 2008:

Great hub -- hope it sparks lots of debate (and love the Ovlovians idea). Here is what I have observed. For many years Volvo was "the" car for left wing, hippy/tree hugging types who drove them for like 80 years until they couldn't run one more mile. The safest car in the world, but extremely utilitarian and not flash. Well, this has now changed. At some point Volvo was appropriated as the car for Republican business class. It is an elite car, very chi chi and expensive. So the image of Volvo has changed along with the stereotypical driver.

Given this shift, the former Volvo drivers have migrated over to Subarus and Priuses. We have many types of hybrid car here in Americ, but when you drive a Prius, its distinct wedge shape lets everyone know how responsible/cool you are.

It has become a standing joke between my husband and me that when we see someone driving horrifically, they're inevitably in a Prius. Example, driving 50 in the fast lane and not moving over, or 75 in the slow lane. They seem to be so self-involved in their own little "I'm saving the planet" thoughts that they are clueless to other drivers around them.

Madison -- I live in California and I drive a Mercedes (it's 8 years old and a C class so I don't think I exactly fit the stereotype). I'd be curious to know what specifically you want to smack Mercedes drivers for, tho!

Anyway, thanks, Misty, for this fun topic!!!

Madison Parker from California on October 05, 2008:

LOL! Too funny because I see myself in your article, years ago, when we moved a bit out of town and were regualarly driving a rather hazardous road. I needed to buy a car and we had 2 kids and I knew Volvos were really safe.

So, after having complained for years about obnoxious Volvo drivers, I stopped in a a Volvo dealership. As I recall, I stumbled on a pre-owned volvo, (one of those old ones that looked like a box on wheels,) it only had 12,000 miles on it and was in perfect condition and the price was right! So, me of all Volvo-bashers, bought the Volvo.

I drove the thing until the kids were in high school, at which time, both of them took turns driving was safe, like you said, a TANK. My daughter took it to the University with her in San Francisco, and, finally sold it to her college roommate when she graduated and we gave her a car as her grad gift. Last I heard it was still on the road.

Never bought one after, however. Here in California we have REALLY ANNOYING Mercedes drivers. Sometimes you want to just get out of the car and smack them! But it wouldn't be nice to smack a really old person!


Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 05, 2008:

Thanks Misha, so glad you agree and I love you too :)

Misha from DC Area on October 05, 2008:

Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Cindy I love you! Volvo drivers are terrible on average!

Benson, it could be different where you live, like it was different in Russia, but here in US it is really terrible. Volvo positions itself as the safest car on the road, and people think they are safe just because they drive one.

Cindy Lawson (author) from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on October 05, 2008:

Thanks for commenting Benson. I agree that the driver is the biggest threat, but have found they undergo a spooky change when you put even the best driver behind the wheel of a Volvo :)

Benson Yeung from Hong Kong on October 05, 2008:

Great hub but I can't agree with you. I don't drive a volvo. All the volvo drivers I know are not dangerous. I drive a honda, previously a mitsubishi. That doesn't make me a less dangerous driver on my bad days.

The biggest threat is in the driver.

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