Today, I got to witness something very few people get to witness.  I got the opportunity to see the 17,269th car crash test performed by GM.  It was a side impact test and it sent chills up my spine upon impact.

I was the only Lifestyle blogger invited to attend a Chevy Cruze event where myself along with other media were given a tour of the GM safety facility in Milford,MI.

The facility is HUGE!  The Milford Proving Grounds consist of 115 buildings on 4,000 acres and the actual safety lab consists of 4 buildings totaling 400,000 sq.ft. (8 football fields).  GM is the only North American facility that does a roll over test which peaked my interest a bit.

Back in 1992 I was in a roll over that totaled my car and left me severely bruised and slightly injured.  In all reality, I am lucky to have lived through the accident, only sustaining a broken shoulder, some tissue wounds and back pain that has haunted me since the accident.  During this trip home from the library with some friends, I was not wearing my seat belt and although this is what saved my life, since the guardrail of my Jeep was completely collapsed, from that point on I have not ridden in a car without my seat belt securely fastened across my body.

I was happy to see that GM felt the need to invest $10 million into building the Roll Over Facility, since 40% of  fatal crashes are roll overs.

I missed being able to test drive the new Chevy Cruze because I’m a stay at home mom by day and had to get back home to tend to my little one’s and relieve  my husband, so he go get back to work.  Fortunately, I was able to get a first hand look at how extensive GM’s testing facility is and how dedicated they are at making sure they are building cars that are safe for the entire family.

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Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.
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