WATCH: Two cars, 50 years apart in age, undergo a crash test into each other

The two Chevrolet models show that size isn't everything in a head on collision

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It should come as no surprise that given the relatively ramshackle make up of the first automobiles to take to the roads, drivers have been killed while at the wheel from pretty much the first moment someone got behind the wheel.

Despite being forced to take a driving test to ensure a basic level of safety on the road, thousands have lost their lives in crashes and write-offs, with weather, inebriation, speed, and distraction all taking their toll on statistics. But at least nowadays we drive in a time of computer-aided safety features and engineering feats designed to take the stress of a collision out of the hands of the driver.

As the video below shows, a lot has changed in vehicle safety over the years. Showing what happens when a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu meets a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air, it’s easy to imagine that the modern vehicle would be crushed by the heft of the classic model. But as the short shows, the developments in automobile design – like airbags, seatbelts, and crumple zones – mean that we’ve never been safer than we are right now.

Watch the video in full below:

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