We all know that before cars hit the market, they have to undergo a litany of safety tests. This is especially true of Toyotas; Toyota is dedicated to putting safe and reliable vehicles into the hands of consumers. They put a lot of time, money, and resources into safety research, even going so far as to have a whole facility dedicated to it in Ann Arbor, Michigan. However, no matter how well-versed you are in safety testing, we’re willing to bet that you haven’t heard of the Moose Test yet. Toyota of North Charlotte is here to explain!
What is the Moose Test?
- The Moose Test is a safety test that isn’t that widely known or practiced. It was created back in the early 1970s in Sweden and they’re one of the only countries that still utilize it (it’s not used in North America). Here are some quick facts about the Moose Test:
- In the test, cones are set up in an S-shaped pattern with a sharp left turn and a straightaway at the end.
- This cone placement is supposed to mimic the path a driver would have to take if they had to swerve out of the way of a large animal that suddenly stepped into their path (like a moose).
- Drivers must be going 40-50 mph during the test to simulate a realistic scenario.
- The test is difficult - many cars, SUVs, and trucks fail it. This is good, though, because it causes auto manufacturers to take a step back and look closely at the safety features, technology, and handling that their cars offer.
- To give you an idea of how cars fare, we’ll take a look at the 1997 Mercedes A-Class. This vehicle is a luxury car and it was assumed that it would pass the test with flying colors. Spoiler alert: It didn’t. It actually overturned in the process, never even making it into the final straightaway!
While the Moose Test certainly scrutinizes a car’s handling capabilities, it also tests the reactivity of the driver. It’s your responsibility to pay close attention to what you’re doing each and every time you get behind the wheel of your vehicle and use your BEST defensive driving skills. Remember, we may not have moose crossing our path too often in North America, but we do have other incidents on the road that can cause an accident or collision. Get rid of distractions and focus on the task at hand - safely getting yourself, your passengers, and your car from point A to point B.
Get answers to your safety questions at Toyota of N Charlotte
Have questions about Toyota safety or safety testing? As always, Toyota of N Charlotte has answers. Call today at (704) 875-9199 or stop by 13429 Statesville Road just off I-77 at exit 23 in Huntersville.
Moose test: https://www.toyotaofnorthcharlotte.com/blog/so-what-exactly-is-the-moose-test/
Safety testing: https://www.toyotaofnorthcharlotte.com/blog/toyota-offers-best-ratings-when-it-comes-to-car-seats/
Safe driving tips: https://www.wsoctv.com/special/toyota_of_north_charlotte/better-safe-driver/923916642/
Defensive driving: https://www2.slideshare.net/ToyotaofNorthCharlotte/defensive-driving-at-night-with-tips-from-toyota-of-n-charlotte
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