I was out with a young Private Investigator recently on the 401 highway. This is a 17 lane strip of asphalt inhabited by homicidal maniacs travelling at 120 kph. Being cut-off, rammed from behind when you slow down or brake, or hit by some fool crossing three lanes into your blind spot are all too common.
With traffic like this, its no wonder large pick-up trucks and SUV’s are so common. You need that large a vehicle to survive the impact. You also need to adjust your mirrors properly as I showed my young colleague.
A good article on how to adjust your mirrors can be found at Popular Mechanics. However, the diagram at the top of the article is incorrect. You should not be able to see your rear fenders when sitting upright.