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SUV for 16th Birthday?

SUV for 16th Birthday?

Recently there was a news story about an LA-based relative of the Kardashians receiving a new Range Rover for her 16th birthday. Is giving a teenager who is just beginning to drive, a large SUV a good idea? Probably not, because of safety issues. According to the Centers for Disease Control motor vehicles crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths in the United States. They also say teens aged 16 to 19 are four times more likely to crash than older drivers.

Furthermore, SUVs are more likely to injure or kill the occupants of vehicles they hit in accidents, and teens and SUVs don’t appear to mix well from the standpoint of safety, “A study published in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine found that fatal rollovers were significantly more likely for teens in SUVs than in cars, while NHTSA reports that in 2003, nearly 25 percent of teens who died in car crashes were driving SUVs. ” (Source:

The website Third Age published a lengthy article on the subject of safe cars for teens in which it was stated, “Drivers of ages 16 to 20 are more than twice as likely to be involved in a rollover in SUVs than an older driver…” (Source: Third Age)

Additionally, 90 percent of teen cell phone users are text messagers, and a study found 80 percent of teen females admitted to texting while driving.

In 2009, over 5,000 Americans died in vehicle accidents related to distracted driving, which can be caused by texting. So purchasing a very large and powerful vehicle for a teenager who is just beginning to drive, doesn’t appear to be the wisest decision.

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2:15PM PST on Jan 27, 2013


1:59AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

yep, no comments...

10:57AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

why do kids get new cars for their 16th birthdays anyway? new cars are way expensive...I guess these parents have a lot more money than I

I bought our son a used car when he was 15 1/2 and drove it with him to get experience before he became 16..

.buying your kid a new car? for a 16th birthday? definitely spoiled at the get go...when they become 21? when they get married?

2:24PM PST on Jan 21, 2013

I agree with giving a good student a safe new car for their 16th birthday- but an expensive monster of a car is just asking for careless showing off while driving, or worse, a car-jacking.

2:01PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Sure, let's allow irresponsible teenagers to drive massive, powerful cars and cause some accidents.
Americans truly do and think retarded things at times.

8:19PM PST on Nov 28, 2011


7:29PM PST on Nov 28, 2011

This is pure snobbery. Look what we can afford to buy our 16 year old CHILD. These parents should be done for child abuse. Putting together a CHILD with a lethal weapon. Who's going to feel sorry for them when their CHILD gets killed? Not I for one. I feel sorry for the kid who has pathetic, irresponsible parents.

2:06PM PST on Nov 21, 2011

some people have more money than common sense...

8:09PM PST on Nov 20, 2011

I think that she has learned in an SUV so probably the best choice.

4:32AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Thanks for sharing

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