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Old Cars Are The New Teen Killers Says A Research Report

In what could be termed as surprising and eye-opening, a latest study published in the journal ‘Injury Prevention,’ has concluded that a major reason for the deaths of teen drivers are the vehicles they were driving.car-crash

This conclusion was reached by Anne T McCartt and Eric R Teoh, the two authors who published the article in the journal, ‘Injury Medicine.’ The lead author Anne T McCartt heads the Department of Research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The lead author, Dr. McCartt observed that, “almost half of teenage drivers killed on US roads in the past few years were driving vehicles that were 11 or more years old and often lacked key safety features.” So parents will be putting their children in danger if they pass to them their decade old wheels.

This danger arises from the fact that the older vehicles may not have important safety features, like Electronic Stability Control, or the kind of tech wiring that is present in today’s vehicles, the researchers noted. The researchers also found out that the size of the car being driven also had an important role in the fatalities, as the ‘larger heavier vehicles provide much better protection than smaller vehicles.

The researchers also came across a usage discrepancy as teens were found to be driving small or mini sized cars as compared to adults, and consequently fatality rates for teen drivers was much higher.

For the study, the researchers obtained data from the US based Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), for the period of 2008-2012. The researchers utilized the available data regarding vehicle fatalities involving 2,420 teen drivers between the ages of 15-17 and compared the type, size and age of vehicles driven by them with those driven by middle aged drivers between the ages of 35-50.

The findings were published on 18th December, 2014.

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  1. This is not good reporting research. If, as you claim, "almost half of teen drivers killed are in 11 year old or older cars" then that means that MORE THAN HALF are in ten year old or NEWER cars! And since "almost half" is less than "more than half", the conclusion would then be it is the newer cars that are killing kids! Please put someone with better statistics skills on this piece, or please present a more nuanced position.

  2. This report seems to give the false connection to conclusions. Its not the cars that are the reason teens die. Teens are more risky drivers, no matter what vehicle. Would less die in safer cars? Yes, this is true. Should parents who pass old cars down to their kids give them new cars to protect them? No way.

  3. Screed. How about most teenagers haven't got the skills to pilot ANY car well established yet? You can't expect a car to completely protect you from being a Luddite.

  4. This is dumb. I drove an old car as a teen. Most have (drove old can as a teen), since many (most) parents can't buy a new car just for a kids to drive. Teens now are texting and on phones and tablet WHILE they are driving. Plus, most teens don't learn to drive from parents or older siblings, they take a "class" and don't get good training. Has nothing to do with the cars, it is the quality of the teen drivers and their lack of good instruction. This seems to me like a way to "pump-up" car sales.

  5. This study ignores the fact that these newer safety features influence the driving style of the drivers in those cars. It is great if you have all wheel drive in a snow storm, but not everyone else does. So you driving at 80 MPH because you can doesn't mean everyone else can. I drive an eleven year old car lacking many of those features. It is never more obvious to me that others with newer cars don't seem to take people like me into account than when I drive on the freeway. The problem isn't the older cars. The problem is that drivers of newer cars act as if everyone has a car that c be driven differently. Factor that with the risky teen driver behind any car and you will quickly see this is not a technology problem. It is a people problem.

  6. Marietta Gaa Ostrander

    The real takeaway here is the the old adage is true as it ever was ROOM TO LIVE.
    Size matters. Dont let new drivers lose in small cars.

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