‘Are modern cars more likely to roll over?’

Car editor Niek Schenk replies: ‘I don’t think it happens more often, but there are no numbers. Cars have become heavier and wider in recent decades. That benefits the road holding. However, the center of gravity has increased with the arrival of SUVs. On the other hand, hybrids and electric cars bring the center of gravity down again, due to the battery pack at the bottom. Usually a car rolls over after a collision with another car. The vehicle has then hit the side or diagonally behind. Or has it collided with a guardrail or pole first. Other causes are taking a bend at too high a speed or ending up on a slope, for example a slope or ditch side.’

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