Have you had a smart car accident experience? Would you like to share some other kind of smart car story?
One thing I'm starting to learn as I come into more frequent contact with other smart car owners is that we are a passionate group. "Outsiders" who look at our micro cars and wonder how we can stand driving them just don't get it, do they?
For most of us smart car enthusiasts, driving a smart fortwo car is definitely about saving money on gas, doing our part for the future of our environment, taking up less space in the world... But it is also about something less easy to define... maybe you would call it the "fun factor".
In addition, I'm learning how much we all enjoy relating our smart car experiences, whether they be with road hazards, or stretching the smart's limits or whatever. So I thought it might be fun to give you a place to "tell your story", so to speak.
I would love to add your story to this site! Let's get the word out to smart car info seekers everywhere about what a great car this is! Will you help me?
Here are some suggestions of the types of smart car stories you could contribute here:
One of the biggest concerns I hear from every non-smart car owner I talk to is smart car safety. I understand the concern about such a tiny car in this world of big-a** SUVs, but the truth is, the smart car is uniquely designed to be safe on the roads. smartUSA has developed an entire website dedicated to smart car accident stories, called safeandsmart.com.
So, let's do our part here too... tell us about a smart car accident you've had and the results. Post smart car crash pictures and tell us how "the other guy" fared in the accident as opposed to you and your smart.
Judging from the stories on safeandsmart.com, I'm guessing these smart car accident stories will be mostly positive ones, but I'll take any real stories about smart car crashes that you want to contribute.
Here are some things you can include in your smart car accident story:
The smart car is designed to be... and billed as... an urban commuter car, and that's an accurate description. But my first drive in my smart car was around 350 miles of mostly highway driving home from my nearest smart center in Utah, and I had a blast!
How about you? Have you put your smart car through its paces by taking it on a trip of 200+ miles? Or have you used it for overnight travel or vacation like the guy I spoke to recently who took it from western Idaho to South Dakota and also Glacier National Park in northern Montana?
Here are some things you might include in this type of destination story:
Smart cars were designed for commuting, especially urban commuting. So you'd think they would do well in that function. But I'm interested in knowing what your personal experiences using the smart car for commuting have been. So, please share...
Here are some questions you can consider when writing your smart car commuter story:
I think the biggest concern people might have about having a smart car accident while driving the smart car in bad weather is how it will perform on snowy roads, especially deep snow. But bad weather could also include wet, slick, rainy roads, icy conditions, thick fog, etc.
With the smart's small wheelbase and its rear wheel drive, you might think it wouldn't perform well in bad weather. But my experience has definitely been positive in rain, ice and light snow conditions (we don't usually have big snows here in Boise).
So, what smart car experiences related to bad weather have you had and how has the smart performed for you?
My wife, Kathi, plays a game with her motor scooter that she calls, "How much can I haul on my scooter?" It's pretty amazing what she's done on occasion...
But you could play that game with the smart car too. After all, it IS a micro mini car and at first glance, it sure doesn't look like you could haul a lot. But we've been using it for all of our grocery shopping over the last year and we routinely fit in 6 to 8 bags of groceries, a 12-pack of soda and maybe a box of wine (for my mother-in-law), plus other large items like big packs of paper products.
We also carry our 3 dogs in the smart car whenever we take them on a hike or other outdoor outing. Our 50-pound black lab, Cheyenne, claims the tailgate area happily. The 30-pound Boston terrier, Gizmo, sits on Kathi's lap or on the passenger side floor, and the shih tzu, Molly (10 pounds) bounces between the tailgate area and one of our laps.
So, what have you managed to haul in your smartie?
Or, do you have a smart fortwo car story to share that doesn't fit into our smart car accident, storage, weather, travel or commuter categories? If so, that's OK too... we'll take any kind of smart car adventure story that you'd like to share with us!
Just be as specific and detailed as you can, so it's worth building a page about. I'd prefer stories that are at least 3 or 4 paragraphs, if possible, in order to have value for other visitors.
Do you have experience with the American version of the smart car? If so, we'd love for you to share it!
Tell us what you've gone through with YOUR smart fortwo car.
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Thanks for either sharing your smart car accident or smart car experience story with us... or just for reading other smart car owners' stories. Either way, we all win!
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