I was reading an article about vertical car doors over at the USA Today. They sell these doors as kits these days, so you can make your Civic very Lamborghini-esque.
Mind you, these aren’t gullwing doors that open to the side then up, these are jackknife-type doors, that open like a scissor — up and forward.
So, I got thinking — as I often do — why wouldn’t a manufacturer offer a car from the factory with vertical doors? It’s very cool, very hip, and why wouldn’t you do it? It can’t be much more expensive.
In fact, vertical doors might come in handy to not have your door open to the side — my wife consistently takes up too much space in the garage for instance. There are nights when I’d love a set of these on my Accord.
But as I thought about it more and more, I decided that it comes down to safety in an accident. Remember that these doors open upwards — over the roof of the car. This means that:
The doors would not open if a car rolled onto its roof. Yes, I know that normal doors would not open if a car rolled into its side, but it’s more likely that a car will end up on its roof than its side. Right?
Both doors open the same direction — to the top. So this means that if a car did end up on its roof, neither door would open and your Civic would become a nice little bank vault.
If a car ends up on its side, at least the other door would open, which is a logical benefit of doors that open different directions. For normal doors to get sealed, two sides of the car would have to be obstructed, and this is safer. Right?
There’s also the obvious fact that people would be more likely to crack their heads on the doors, but why don’t people crack their heads on the roof of their cars when they get out? You get used to where the obstructions are.
So I draw this conclusion: regular doors are safer than vertical doors. Do you concur? Am I not considering something I should be?