My mom had a big car crash on her way up to our country house today. She's okay, physically, but she totaled the car and I think she's slightly shook up. It's always scary for me when something like this happens because I know that people do die in similar situations all the time. On another note I am not usually a brand-whore but I have to say that I am thankful to Subaru. My family has been in a few car crashes over the years, and each time it has been in a Subaru and each time we've been able to walk away without serious injury. In my opinion the only things that really matter in a car are gas mileage and safety, and Subaru manages to provide both along with enough power to get through the snow and plenty of cargo room. My mother's car slammed driver's side first into a big oak tree, and the door panel took the damage without caving in and hurting her. That's so important, especially with someone older. My mom has wanted to get a small Mercedes as a status symbol and I've been against it for exactly that reason. If she'd been driving a smaller weaker car she might have a broken hip or worse. I'm not going to go overboard on this, it's not such a huge deal, but it's still scary. Anyone you know can die at any time. PERIOD. No exceptions.