Thankfully, crash testing has come a long way in 52 years

When IIHS or EuroNCAP smash vehicles to evaluate safety, they do so with loads of sensors, high-speed cameras, and high-tech crash test dummies in order to get the best possible results.

Back in 1962, this was certainly not the case.

In the British Pathe video above, cars are put to the test using some very unscientific methods with real live crash test dummies behind the wheel.

In the one-minute clip, titled ‘Crash and Stay Alive’, two- and three-vehicle crash testing is performed along with a rollover test, all to show the benefits of seat belts.

Check out the video above and shake your head in sheer horror as the three-vehicle crash results in a gas tank rupture and associated fireball.

[Source: Hemmings]

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Mark Stevenson is a former IT professional turned freelance automotive writer and news editor for He's a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and former member of the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). Mark spends an inordinate amount of time on motorcycles and resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his two dogs - Nismo and Maloo. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.