I have often been asked if Jeep Wranglers flip over easily.
If you are driving in a safe manner, you do not have any worries about your Jeep Wrangler flipping over.
With that said, in crash test collisions the Jeep Wrangler was more likely to flip if it had a side impact than some of the other SUVs in the test. This is due to the fact that the Wrangler has a higher than average, center of gravity and a slim base.
Do Lift Kits Increase Rollover Possibilities?
This is a very good question. The Jeep Wrangler has a natural center of gravity that is higher than average. That is the main reason why these vehicles are more prone to flipping.
The lift kits raise a vehicle even taller and this increases the center of gravity even more. The Wrangler is already equipped with 10.8 inches of ground clearance so when you start adding lift kits, bigger tires, and all those bells and whistles you end up with a vehicle that is more capable of flipping than most other vehicles.
You must also consider that when you add a lift kit it is harder to handle the vehicle. The Jeep is not going to be as easy to correct if you need to swerve to avoid hitting something or you need to brake to stop from having a collision. The decrease in control will make it easier to flip these vehicles.
Soft Tops and No-Tops
When people are driving off-road along beaches and in the wilderness, they love to remove the Jeep hardtops and drive without a top on the vehicle. Often when people are driving without a top, they also like to leave their seatbelt unbuckled, and if you combine those two things you get possible fatalities if the vehicle does flip.
Soft tops on Jeeps are also very popular and they do not provide the same protection that the hardtop can provide. It is recommended that if you are driving with small children in the vehicle you keep at least a soft-top or bikini top in place and you always use appropriate safety seats and seat belts while the vehicle is in motion.
Common Causes of Rollover Accidents
The biggest cause of a rollover accident is the driver of the vehicle losing control over the vehicle. Many times, the loss of control is caused by a driver who is traveling at speeds that are unsafe for the terrain and weather conditions they are traveling in.
Other reasons for loss of control include:
- Consumption of alcohol or being under the influence of a drug. These may be perfectly legal over the counter or doctor-prescribed drugs, but if they alter your perception or impede you in any way they can increase the possibility of you having a serious accident.
- Distractions like cell phones, food, and even making radio adjustments while driving can increase the risk of a rollover
- Vehicles being overloaded.
- Striking a curb or some obstruction that is in the path of the vehicle
- Most rollovers occur when only one vehicle is involved in the accident unless a vehicle is struck from the side with such force that it causes a rollover to happen
- Speeding around curves is one of the highest contributors to rollovers
- Driving too close to the edge of inclines when engaging in off-road driving can increase your chances of a rollover
- Overcorrecting to try and prevent an accident may be one of the biggest causes of increased rollover accidents
- Blowing a tire, especially if you are going over thirty miles per hour when it occurs, can cause you to have a rollover accident
- Falling asleep at the wheel because you are driving while tired increases rollover accidents.
Most of the time you can prevent rollover accidents and other accidents by staying focused and paying attention to your driving. When you stop paying attention that is when a minor thing can cause you to make the wrong decision that results in a crash.
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On The Positive Side
The Jeep Wrangler may have a greater tendency to roll over than most other SUVs but they are also designed so that if they do roll over there is less chance of serious injury.
The frame of a Jeep Wrangler is designed to be durable and protective. The frames are specifically designed to roll and not allow the very top section of the cab to cave in. If these vehicles flip or rollover, they are capable of keeping the passenger inside safer than most other SUVs can.
The Jeep Wrangler is designed with a bulky body so they give added protection to the occupants. Jeeps are taken off-road into dangerous driving areas and their bodies are built to withstand the hits and impacts that may come along with that rougher terrain.
The Jeep Wrangler is designed to be driven in inclement weather and over the worst terrain. That makes them safer in many situations than their competitors are.
Facts you should Know:
- 50% of all vehicle rollover accident fatalities involve alcohol
- 75% of the rollover accidents that occur on rural roadways end in a fatality
- 3% of all car accidents involve rollovers
- 66% of deaths that occur during rollover accidents happen to people who are not wearing safety belts
- ALL SUVs are 37% more likely to be involved in a rollover accident than a passenger car or truck
- When traveling through a curve lowering your speed also lowers the chances of a rollover accident
- People driving on rural roadways are more likely to drive at an increased rate of speed and more likely to encounter mud or debris on the roadway that can add to their rollover possibilities
- Stopping the vehicle and walking around for a few minutes when you are sleepy will decrease the possibility that you will fall asleep behind the wheel
- Taking your hands off the steering wheel, even for a few brief seconds, will increase the chances of a rollover accident
Vehicles That Are More Likely to Have A Rollover Crash (According to NHTSA)
- Cadillacscs Escalade
- Chevrolet Tahoe and Colorado
- Ford F-250 Pickup
- GMC Yukon
- Jeep Renegades and Wrangler Unlimited
- Ram 2500 Trucks
- Toyotas 4Runner
Why Do Jeeps Flip Over Easily?
The shorter wheelbase of these vehicles makes it easier to flip one of them than it is to flip longer wheelbase vehicles.
Is The 2-Door Jeep Safer Than The 4-Door?
The short answer is that both of these vehicles are very safe. The four-door versions are heavier and are built on a longer wheelbase so they are less likely to flip and turn over than the two-door versions.
Are Jeep Wranglers Safe To Drive?
Jeep Wranglers are safe vehicles and they have a good frontal impact rating from IIHS. On the downside, they perform poorly on rollover tests by NHTSA and they do not have airbags in the doors to protect against side impacts.
Rollover accidents do occur. The Jeep Wrangler has a higher center of gravity that allows it to travel over rougher terrain and that also increases the risk of a rollover accident. If you drive safely, maintain an appropriate speed, and stay focused on driving you reduce your chances of having a rollover accident by as much as 60%.
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