posted on Apr, 14 2013 @ 05:22 PM
What are the safest cars for teenagers? When my daughter was 16 her grandfather was terminally ill, (she is the only grandchild on that side of the
family) so he bought her a 2007 Mustang. It was a beautiful car. She loved it. I agreed because, well, the man was dying and he wanted to do it for
Well, she is now 17, almost 18, she has had the car 2 years and had her first fender bender in January. She hit a car who pulled out of a parking
place in a parking lot. The bumber and fender was damaged...badly...even though she was only going about 10 mph (estimated by witnesses and the police
accident recreator). $2500 in damage. Insurance paid for it so we paid our deductible and went on.
Today another fender bender. A car locked its brakes up on the highway the car behind them hit them in the rear and my daughter slammed on her brakes,
and swerved to the emergency lane to prevent a full impact with the car in front of her. I was proud, defensive driving! Good job kid!
However, she clipped the bumper of the car in front of her, damaged its rear bumper and rear quarter panel. Her car?????? Its trashed. Seriously. The
hood is all buckled and the front bumper is in pieces. Accident recreation and witnesses (again) stated she was going 20-25 when she hit the other car
and the air bags did not deploy. The speed limit is 55 so she wasnt cited. However, her car is a mess. Mustangs apparently are made of plastic...its
crazy. If her car had a metal bumper it would probably have little to no damage. The car in front of her had a plastic rear bumper so it was damaged
too. The car that caused it was an older suv with a huge metal bumper. NO damage.
So my question is, other than buying her a surplus tank, what is a safe, METAL car ???
I seriously had no clue so many cars bumpers were plastic. I checked, my mini van has plastic bumpers, my husbands dodge ram pickup is metal.
She is ok. She went to the hospital to have her head checked out, she hit it on the steering wheel, but she will be fine. She has a goose egg but the
doctor assured me it is superficial.
I just want her to be safe. The policeman and witnesses said she did everything right. But, accidents still happen. I just want to keep her as safe as
It will be hard for her to sell the Mustang because of the sentimental value, and her grandfather died a year ago. She doesnt want to get rid of it,
but I feel like she is driving around in a plastic car that is not that safe and as a mom it really scares me.
Oh and when we bought the car we asked about safety and was assured it was safe, apparently Mustangs have some kind of crash panels where it limits
the damage to a small area, and it has the two times she had fender benders, but it seems to be mostly made of fiberglass. That is what I dont like. A
metal car and can take quite a licking and be ok...
Do they even make metal cars any more?