Date registered: Feb 2005
Vehicle: 1989 W201.029/M103 3.0
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I think it'd be terrific if all teens could drive a Mercedes because the company's standards are so much higher than typical legislative regulation of motor vehicle safety standards in most nations. They are quite simply far safer, better equipped and qualitively merited vehicles than most major international makes and models, you have to go full tilt prestige at top dollar to get better than an entry level budget Mercedes.
Now that's not going to reduce accident rates, but what it does is reduces accident fatalities and serious injury. On the flipside it does make an accident more expensive and sparks a political debate over whether repairers have the right to lower the build quality during repairs under instruction from insurance companies because cars like Mercedes still pass government safety regulations if you replace everything with Taiwanese reproduction parts like cheap steel panels, but it ruins the quality of the car.
So it's all this other business about owning high quality merchandise when you're young that can be difficult to understand until you've been around the block a few times, there is responsibility to having nice things. What is it the Eagles said, call a place paradise then everyone goes there and it's no longer paradise? With so many kids having accidents then so many insurance companies and repairers trying to profiteer on the fact Mercs have much higher standards than the law says they need to, means eventually they'll lose their prestige as virtually all the used Mercs out there wind up with Ford parts top to bottom. With exclusivity comes preservation. There is that angle. Older dudes who own a Merc tend to be quite accustomed to making an argument and getting lawyers involved if anyone touches their car with a substandard part replacement. Most kids wouldn't even know what one looked like, let alone how to argue with an insurance company's legal department determined to install it.
But other than that my issue isn't with young drivers, I was one once. It's things like SUVs substituting sedans these days in built up suburban areas, they're just dangerous. As mentioned you can't actually reduce accident rates with safer cars because it's the driving that crashes them. And with an SUV the occupants might have increased survivability, but occupants of the other vehicle, or a pedestrian hit, has reduced survivability and that's just wrong. Big AWDs are meant for rural areas where you might be using unsealed roads and such, not driving the kids to school in the 'burbs, they're death machines to do that with. Stuff like that annoys me.
People have car accidents, can't change that.
driving a fast car should feel like falling off a building.