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: USNews.com)
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)
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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