US: teenagers should actually get new cars, not beat-up rust bangers image

All of us know that our kids are everything for this planet – the next generation that perpetuates the species. So, why on earth many parents buy their teenaged offsprings cars that are as safe to drive as racing down a sky slope wearing trunks during an avalanche?

Because of numerous constraints – the fact they’re prone to minor incidents as they build up experience, or the family’s tight budget, and numerous others – teenagers that get their first experience behind the wheel end up driving rusty, second or fourteen-hand vehicles that lack the basic safety standard of today. Anyone should appreciate this – loosing around $20,000 to buy a new car for your son or daughter can’t compare to the loss if he or she gets in an accident a new car could have prevented. And don’t start with the old saying – I bought a Volvo – cars that were safe back in the 1990s won’t stand a chance even in front of a Smart vehicle of today.

That’s because safety standards have evolved, cars today have as much as ten airbags instead of just two (if lucky) and also systems that make sure the driver buckles up – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says using a safety belt can drop the risk of death incidents by 60 percent in a sport utility vehicle and by 45 percent in a normal passenger car. And while parents want to make a safe choice, they usually lack the basic safety information – for example how much good can do a very common system – the electronic stability control (ESC), which usually intervenes exactly where teenagers end up: emergency overcorrection, driving too fast around bends, etc.