As far as driving is concerned, Consumer Reports has found that generally, bigger cars do better in collisions than smaller ones.¹
But there aren’t a ton of statistics about the safety of living out of a van for an extended period.
Our gut tells us that it’s probably not as safe as living in a home because:
- There’s no fixed address for folks to check up on you. If you get into a fatal car accident or unintentionally drive into a lake, it might be a while before anyone knows you’re missing.
- Homes are larger, sturdier, and more permanent, making them better “fortresses” against intruders and mishaps.
Still, just because it isn’t as safe doesn’t mean it’s a no-go. There’s risk with anything, and social media shows us that many folks are safely living the van life. If they can do it, you might be able to, too.