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Thursday, May 31st

Is the Citroën 2CV Safe to Drive?

This is one of many articles related to automotive safety here on To find other articles, just search for "safety" using the search box on the left.

Edit: 25 June 2012 - Added comments about safety glass.

One can take a quick glance at a Citroen 2CV, note that it has no airbags, and very lightweight construction, and come to the intuitive conclusion that it is not safe to drive on modern roads. Let's add some automotive safety facts to our intuition, and see where the 2CV really stands.
carcynic on 05.31.12 @ 08:07 PM EST

Thursday, May 24th

Driving and the Integral of Danger

Driving and the Integral of Danger

Here at, one thing we're not cynical about is automotive safey.

When we discuss driving/automotive safety we're going to mention something called the Integral of Danger. The point of the Integral of Danger is to attempt to illustrate just how important motoring safety is.

In mathematics, we use a concept of Calculus called the Integral to account for the fact that the total significance of something has to do with both it's intensity and it's duration. For example, a single candle buring for a long period of time contains the same total energy as a very fast, but very intense laser pulse. To determine if the two were equal, we'd take the integral of each energy curve and compare the resulting values.

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So what if we apply the concept of Mathematical Integration to the danger level of various activities?

carcynic on 05.24.12 @ 10:46 PM EST

Tuesday, May 15th

Citroëns once again Take Center Stage in French Presidential Handover

Just as they have for over 50 years, Citroëns have famously shuffled French Presidents to and from the Elysee Palace.

Here, a Citroen C6 Waits for Departing Sarkozy:

A Citroen C6 Awaits Departing Sarkozy
(Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

...And Hollande arrives in a Citroen DS5:

Hollande arrives in a Citroen DS5
(Photo: Rueters)

Now, We can't buy either of these 2 beautiful cars here in the United States, but if we could, we should be able to get a pretty good deal on them -- Sarkozy's C6 has got to have some miles on it by now, and Hollande's DS5 got has some water damage -- It literally rained on his parade, and he had the fabric top rolled back.

carcynic on 05.15.12 @ 08:58 AM EST [Article Anchor]