IIHS: These Used Cars Are Safer for Teen Drivers


Teen driving statistics are scary: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens and in 2010 seven teens died every day from crash-related injuries. What's worse is that according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, many teens drive vehicles that don't protect them very well in an accident. Since the IIHS estimates that 83 percent of parents who buy a vehicle for their teen purchase a used car, the agency just released its first list of used vehicles that cost less than $20,000 and are recommended as safe for teen drivers.

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IIHS suggests that parents choose lower-horsepower larger vehicles that are equipped with electronic stability control. The cars on its list range in price from $4,000 for a 2005 Saab 9-3 to $19,900 for a 2011 Buick Enclave. Click here for more from our friends at USA Today and check out the IIHS's full list of recommended vehicles here.

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Lower power large vehicles?
A large vehicle is safe for the teen when they hit something and hurt the other party when they can't control the vehicle themselves.
Then again, the lower power large vehicles may not even be able to escape danger anyway...


Here is a better idea.
Pick a $1,000 cheaper vehicle: Take a $500 driving instruction class. Take the other $500 and get EXCELLENT tires.
You won't crash, you won't make an insurance claim (which is just a loan from your future self to your present self, which you have to pay back, and then some, via higher insurance premiums)


George- of course, because everyone knows most accidents are avoidable with just a little better driving on the victim's part. /sarcasm

Any data to support this claim?


You need data for common sense?
Teens start with no experience.
Letting government schools teach driver's education is sufficient to be average at best.
Do you want only average?

Look at TireRack's evaluation of tires, some tires have abysmal wet traction, and virtually no snow traction [and I am not talking about dedicated summer tires]


George- I agree that current driver education is lacking, at best. I just don't think you have any idea what portion of accidents your "common sense" really covers, and hence there is still a case to be made for safer cars for teens, not just cars with good handling.


Better to just make empty, snarky comments and be the internet's toughest tough guy, only to never actually look for yourself... /sarcasm - duhr



Belly- I assume you're referring to yourself? Because, once again, you've merely pasted some links alluding to data without actually making a specific point with it whatsoever. Y'know, kind of like your endless pastes of logical fallacies without explaining how they apply? Yeah, that was a good laugh, too. :) We'll turn you into a real debater someday, just keep practicing.

Here's some help to get you started: please use your links to show us what portion of accidents a better handling car + driver education can avoid vs. a bigger and safer car when it comes to teen traffic injury/death rates. Oh wait, what? You don't have that information? Then why did you paste those links? Ah...perhaps "just (to) make empty, snarky comments and be the internet's toughest tough guy, only to never actually look for yourself..."

Nice work once again! Give em enough rope, as they say. A baby's shoelace will do in your case. :)


Baw-haah! Yes, reading IS hard there lady!

(PS - we all love how you can't forget that you were embarrassed)


Belly- aaaand another well-reasoned response, I see.

George is the one who made the claim that good tires and driving instructions => teens "won't crash" and hence "won't make an insurance claim". I just asked where the data was to support HIS claim, considering we don't know:

1) How much teen accident avoidance is affected by a combination of better tires and driver education

2) How the fatality rate of teens in (1) with smaller, less crash-safe cars compares with their fatality rate in larger, safer cars both with and without good tires and driver education

Then in you come, your feelings still hurt from my earlier zinger, asking me to provide data to support my point. Well, Einstein, if YOU actually read the thread, you'd see George is the one who made the claim that good tires and driving instructions => teens "won't crash" and hence "won't make an insurance claim". I just asked where the data was to support HIS claim.

So sorry, you're asking the wrong person, and I already beat you to that question.

Now instead of wasting time pasting links, how about showing us the data to answer (1) and (2)? Since you're so interested in net-stalking threads I post in in a failed attempt to resurrect your damaged ego, why don't you make yourself useful and help George out with the question I asked him? Thanks, Belly! :)

PS: After having obliterated you to the point of total avoidance and non-response in other threads on here, the only thing I'm embarrassed about is wasting my time typing an intelligent reply to your drivel.

PS 2: I'm not female, nor did I tell you I was. Perhaps you're confused because you DID tell me you were female? Or maybe you're just...confused. It's ok, don't feel bad; enough of us already feel bad for you. :)


There aren't statistics for accidents that don't occur.
It is the same with firearms. 200 crimes a day, which are documented, and 20,000 instances of claiming that you have a gun/showing/training [that means pointing at someone] that are not recorded.

Cars aren't the death traps they once were, 50-75 years ago.

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