Originally posted by General Geoff
On the contrary, older cars can be even more of a hazard. Take my car for example. '78 Lincoln Mark V, bought it for $500.
I'll agree with that to a point but there is an underlying issue.
Take a rich kid around 16 or 17. Not only is there only the slightest chance in hell that a kid that young could afford a Viper or similar fancy expensive sports car but they couldn't afford the insurance either. But then the second issue comes up - being cool. It's something all teens strive to do - look and be cool for their peers. Cool people drive fast and wrecklessly and those are usually the same ones getting in the accidents.
Now take a kid in the 500 dollar Lincoln. His friends aren't going to think he's nearly as cool as the kid with the Viper. Most kids would never buy, drive or even be seen in a car that large and old unless they have no other choice. Unlike the rich kid the poor kid usually (and I stress usually) knows if he wrecks it he won't have another car and mommma and poppa won't be buying him another one. He won't be able to afford the insurance so the poor kid will be back on the shoe leather express.
On the other side of the fence the rich kid can go out and tear the hell out of the Viper since most of the parents will just go out and get him amother car when this one wears out. They're paying the insurance so why should the teen care how much it goes up? And of course the rich teen has to be cool for his uber cool friends so if one of them tell him to drive like an idiot they probably will.
Come to think about it I can't recall a teen driving fatality accident here that involved anything but fancy sports cars and SUV's and there are enough on a regular basis to know. I've never heard of two teens dead in a compact car, four cylinder or similar car - each and every time it's some beefed up vehicle usually at least 20 - 50 grand in value.
Indeed, anyone can go fast in any kind of car and wreck. So why is it always the kids from affluent areas and families that it happens to? Bad parenting? Giving a child something they have no idea how to control themselves in? Who knows but I usually look directly to the parents since it's their job to keep their kids safe and no parent in their right mind would stick their kid in a high power sports car that wants to keep them safe.