Crash-test dummies and expensive write-offs

A visit to the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre doesn’t sound like the most exciting afternoon you’ll ever have but Thatcham (as it’s known for short) is a mecca for car enthusiasts all over the world. I went to find out about their work on whiplash claims and came away reeling. An expensive car won’t protect you from the most common car crash injury – BMW and Porsche have repeatedly refused to supply their seats for testing – and VW-devotees would be horrified to see Golfs that have been written off at just 6mph. Most shocking of all was the 2008 Nissan Navara, one of the biggest, meanest looking 4×4 pick-ups on the road, which folded in half in a crash-test at 44mph, and received the worst safety rating since the Rover Metro in 1996.

Author: Katie Puckett

I am an experienced journalist, copywriter and editor who has covered the built environment for nearly 20 years. I’ve interviewed thousands of senior executives, politicians and experts in many fields and travelled to report on stories throughout Europe, the US, the Gulf states and India. My articles have appeared in many business and professional titles including Building, Estates Gazette, Inside Housing, the Bartlett Review, Insurance Times and Lloyd’s Market. I am co-author, with architect Bill Gething, of Design for Climate Change, published by RIBA, and I launched and edit The Possible, a thought leadership magazine for global engineering firm WSP. I'm also co-founder of Wordmule, an editorial studio that specialises in buildings and cities.