IIHS: Teens' Cars Should Be Big, Slow...

IIHS: Teens' Cars Should Be Big, Slow & Ugly

There are 14 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Jul 9, 2013, titled IIHS: Teens' Cars Should Be Big, Slow & Ugly. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

You've heard the statistics before, and they're not pretty. Teen drivers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as adults every year.

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huck

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jul 10, 2013
an XB should fill the bill
Jaded

Mineral, VA

#2 Jul 10, 2013
Considering teens are more than likely the cause of these fatal accidents, it seems a bit short sighted to be recommending that they drive around in big, heavy vehicles doesn't it? I would much rather share the road with a teen in a mini-cooper than a teen in a massive SUV that will surely kill me when they run a red light while texting...
Fried Turkey

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jul 10, 2013
I agree with parents choosing the car for the teen but, Parents need to do the research on any vehical before buying it. Carfax accident reports ext. and of course the teen will want the best thing out there and the fastet most will. They don't need it! Old and slow is all they need.

“Don't Drink The Obama Kool-Aid”

Since: Aug 09

You don't need to know, Va.

#6 Jul 10, 2013
From the article,"Teen drivers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as adults every year."

Simple solution folks.

Don't let the teens drive until they can afford their own car AND insurance as well as proper driver education. Otherwise parents might as well give them a loaded gun and tell they to be careful.
sez you

Macomb, MI

#7 Jul 10, 2013
Im Ya Huckleberry wrote:
From the article,"Teen drivers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as adults every year."
Simple solution folks.
Don't let the teens drive until they can afford their own car AND insurance as well as proper driver education. Otherwise parents might as well give them a loaded gun and tell they to be careful.
To do that they would have to get a job and keep one, insurance ain't cheap for teens, the point is I'd rather see teens in school or college rather than having to afford a dumb car. Teens and driving are like a crap shoot, some survive, and some don't, all you can hope for is that you taught them well.
the law

United States

#8 Jul 10, 2013
Jaded wrote:
Considering teens are more than likely the cause of these fatal accidents, it seems a bit short sighted to be recommending that they drive around in big, heavy vehicles doesn't it? I would much rather share the road with a teen in a mini-cooper than a teen in a massive SUV that will surely kill me when they run a red light while texting...
Texting while driving is illegal
I Plantem

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Jul 10, 2013
Lighten up folks, funeral homes have to make a living too.
Old Hare

Warrenton, VA

#10 Jul 10, 2013
sez you wrote:
<quoted text>To do that they would have to get a job and keep one, insurance ain't cheap for teens, the point is I'd rather see teens in school or college rather than having to afford a dumb car. Teens and driving are like a crap shoot, some survive, and some don't, all you can hope for is that you taught them well.
Darwin's theories put in motion...
G Luv

Marietta, GA

#11 Jul 11, 2013
Im Ya Huckleberry wrote:
From the article,"Teen drivers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as adults every year."
Simple solution folks.
Don't let the teens drive until they can afford their own car AND insurance as well as proper driver education. Otherwise parents might as well give them a loaded gun and tell they to be careful.
Plus then you can b**** about all the cyclists on the road.

[Though in all seriousness, riding a bicycle will make a lot of people better drivers.]
Old Timer

Wethersfield, CT

#12 Jul 11, 2013
When I was growing up, just about every car was big, ugly and slow. Now you've got parents buying their kids BMWs......
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Jul 11, 2013
Im Ya Huckleberry wrote:
Otherwise parents might as well give them a loaded gun and tell they to be careful.
Isn't that the custom around here?
Confused

Scottsville, VA

#14 Jul 11, 2013
I thought these IIHS folks were the same ones pushing for lighter materials and crumple design bodies on todays cars.

My first car as a 16 year old was a 1985 F150 with a 3" lift kit and a 300 straight 6 engine. It was made of steel, topped out about 50 mph, and was easy to work on. The truck was as safe as any vehicle made.

These new cars are junk. Buy your kids real steel American cars.
Gnu

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jul 11, 2013
Confused wrote:
I thought these IIHS folks were the same ones pushing for lighter materials and crumple design bodies on todays cars.
My first car as a 16 year old was a 1985 F150 with a 3" lift kit and a 300 straight 6 engine. It was made of steel, topped out about 50 mph, and was easy to work on. The truck was as safe as any vehicle made.
These new cars are junk. Buy your kids real steel American cars.
None left ...they were all bought by the gov't in the cash for clunkers program.
Sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Jul 11, 2013
G Luv wrote:
<quoted text>
Plus then you can b**** about all the cyclists on the road.
[Though in all seriousness, riding a bicycle will make a lot of people better drivers.]
When you can get on the interstate with a bicycle let me know. But your premise is half right, Riding a motorcycle will make you a very defencive driver.

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