Passing down an older, used car is almost an American rite of passage. But if you're planning on giving your son or daughter your old family minivan to cut costs, consider this: New research shows that almost half of teenage drivers killed in car accidents were driving cars that were 11 years old or older. from the US Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for 2008 through 2012 and uncovered this shocking number. They also found a whopping 82% of teenagers that were killed in traffic accidents were in cars just six years old.
Although fatal traffic accidents are on the decline again (they were also down between 2005 and 2011), teens are still more likely to be involved in car accidents versus older drivers. And if statistics are to be believed, purchasing a newer model is a better bet because they come with more advanced safety features that may protect drivers when the worst happens. FARS has reported that driving in a vehicle with electronic stability control (ESC) can save hundreds of lives each year. ESC — or sometimes known as dynamic stability control — is computerized technology that can help reduce skidding and can detect when the driver has lost control of the car. In 2012 alone, there were 21,667 deaths from car accidents, but only a were in cars with ESC.
"We know that many parents cannot afford a new vehicle," the study's lead author, Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, . "Our message to parents is to get the most safety they can afford."
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