1959 Chevrolet Bel Air vs. 2009 Chevrolet Malibu IIHS Crash Test

While crash safety is mostly a matter of ergonomics and structural engineering, it is nevertheless an area which highlights just how much progress has been made over the last 40 years towards transforming driving into a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Given the incremental nature of the innovations few people fully appreciate just how much automobiles have changed. One video which was released by The International Institute for Highway Safety in 2009 to mark its 50th anniversary does however help to highlight the dramatic improvements which have occurred.