Although it may seem natural, an armored vehicle is not because its offers advantages and risks to the driver and passengers.
Structures and devices that were intended to protect the occupants' identity in the event of an accident are updated while armoring a vehicle.
Rigid materials designed to avoid a bullet replace deformable materials designed to absorb energy in the event of an accident. Although this reduces the risk of death from bullet damage, it significantly increases the risk of death from an accident.
Maneuvrability is a concern for armored vehicles.
Another factor is maneuverability: in an armored truck, the weight, especially its distribution, has a significant impact on maneuverability, as between 60 and 80 percent of the weight is distributed on the windows, increasing the center of gravity and making the vehicle much more unstable.
Risk reduction is one of the advantages of an armoured vehicle.
It is, however, an invaluable tool for people who are at risk of abduction or worse, as it helps minimize the risk where the individual is most insecure, the path. When purchasing an armored van, keep the following in mind:
According to the website Armored Glass, there were 17,000 deliberate murders and 1,054 abduction complaints in Mexico in 2016. According to Jose Antonio Ortega, president of the Citizen Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, this number is extremely low, with 3,289 kidnappings recorded, 120 of which resulted in the victim's death. On the other hand, the World Health Organization estimates that 17,000 people died in road accidents during the same time span.
Under this assumption, it is impossible to execute a risk reduction strategy for one form of event, leaving another entirely unregulated because of its features, which causes less fear but has a much higher likelihood of occurring.
The following considerations should be made when weighing the advantages and disadvantages of an armored vehicle:
- The purpose of brakes: is to turn the energy of movement into heat and dissipate it in the air; if the vehicle's disc can no longer withstand more heat, the brakes have reached their limit and will stop working; no matter how hard they are pushed, there will be no more friction, and the vehicle will not stop.
- Tires: The tires that come standard with a truck are built to carry a certain weight; when that weight is changed, the tires, in most cases, no longer serve; a tire with more weight than it is designed to support will develop heat, which will affect the structure of the tire, and may burst, similar to how trailer tires on the road explode.
- Training: an armored vehicle has more adherence to the pavement due to its additional weight, which prevents the tires from squeaking in severe circumstances. This is dangerous because the squeak is what alarms us when the vehicle is approaching its limit, and in the absence of this, it is important to fully understand the vehicle to prevent it from overturning.