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Safest cars for teenagers

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posted on Apr, 14 2013 @ 10:24 PM
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here are three safe options for a teen to drive...




posted on Apr, 14 2013 @ 10:28 PM
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that pic made me chuckle!!!




posted on Apr, 15 2013 @ 04:44 AM
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Dave is exactly right, newer cars are designed to crumple in an impact. The damage to your daughter's car should be fixable save there being any structural damage to the chassis. If it's not warped or twisted, it should be repairable. Newer cars have what they call a 'crash zone', which is basically a tub the driver sits in, while the panels around absorb much of the impact, taking the brunt of the force rather than the driver. Add to this airbags, moulded seats and generally better brakes than older cars, newer cars are designed more for survivability than older cars.

This is a video on Top Gear Australia, it shows the difference between the braking of a 1970s Ford Falcon (a locally produced 4 door sedan similar in size to the Mustang), compared to the latest 2012 model. The difference in braking distance is staggering.

My opinion? If the Mustang is fixable, keep it. Otherwise, look for a similar sized modern car with crash/crumple zones, airbags and anti-lock brakes (standard on most modern cars), and don't worry about the 'plastic' bits.

This pic shows the crumple zones surrounding the 'safety cell' most modern cars have. It does make the car look like a wreck in an accident, but shows how most modern cars are designed to protect the driver by basically putting the damage outside the safety cell. Hope this enlightens a bit.

edit on 15/4/2013 by 74Templar because: added pic



posted on Apr, 15 2013 @ 04:59 AM
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Originally posted by shells4u
here are three safe options for a teen to drive...


LOL, if by safe you mean 'guaranteed to never have a sex life', then yes, definetely....


Not really a bad thing for a 17 year old (and I have two girls before anyone says anything....)



posted on Apr, 15 2013 @ 05:32 AM
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A mark 1 VW Golf. Not only are they cool as anything, they are built like tanks. Any problems are also easily solved (mechanically rather than having to get it rigged up to a diagnostics machine that will forecast a fortune in problems!).

If you get it imported from South Africa (Citi Fox) you may also get run flat tyres and a flame thrower (for when you stop at traffic lights in a dodgy area).



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