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That's a totally shallow and ignorant comment Jomzo. I am 16 and drive a W202. I am an incredibly responsible driver, mostly because I can't imagine having a single dent in my car. To generalize "teenagers" as the source of automobile problems is completely unbased in fact. If you actually look at the auto death statistics, most deaths are those of individuals above the age of 21. Not 16-19.
Actually, the published statistics demonstrate
# Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.
# 16 year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
# 16-year-olds are three times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers.
# 3,490 drivers age 15-20 died in car crashes in 2006, up slightly from 2005.
# Drivers age 15-20 accounted for 12.9 percent of all the drivers involved in fatal crashes and 16 percent of all the drivers involved in police-reported crashes in 2006.
# The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the economic impact of auto accidents involving 15-20 year old drivers is over $40 billion.
# A recent report by AAA estimates the cost of crashes involving 15-17 year olds to be $34 billion.
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Yet your name is "kevinGoFast."

I fear geriatrics on the road much more than 16/17 year olds. At least you guys can see.
True, but how bad of an accident can you get into (not including pedestrians, of course) at 17 MPH?

If there is anything scarier than a SLOW older driver, it's a FAST one. My father was an aggressive driver and when he got older he stayed just aggressive but lost the reflexes and senses. He did stuff when he was 75 (example: left turn from a side street onto a busy road on Friday at 5:00 PM) that I wouldn't do at 21 in a very fast car. It caught up with him, though. I think he got into more accidents in the last three years of his life than he had in the previous 33.

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That's a totally shallow and ignorant comment Jomzo. I am 16 and drive a W202. I am an incredibly responsible driver, mostly because I can't imagine having a single dent in my car. To generalize "teenagers" as the source of automobile problems is completely unbased in fact. If you actually look at the auto death statistics, most deaths are those of individuals above the age of 21. Not 16-19.

People are just jealous of teenagers driving MBs.

I wish I had German rides at that age.
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Mixed feelings

I think teenagers should consider driving safer cars - mostly European.

I need to clarify my message of "mixed feelings". I am starting to doubt the safety of my early 2000 W210 which has some flawed weakness in its roof integrity in crash test.
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I think teenagers should consider driving safer cars - mostly European.

I need to clarify my message of "mixed feelings". I am starting to doubt the safety of my early 2000 W210 which has some flawed weakness in its roof integrity in crash test.
How about instead of strictly cocooning yourself in the "safest" car possible, learn to drive safe so you don't have to rely so much on the car's features?

Everyone should study the Smith system, it works.
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People at that age think that they 've seen the world and they know everything. Its really a sad state of affairs to hear of such accidents. Operator pointed it right. Its always the passenger who has to be on the receiving end of stuff despite no mistake of his own...
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True, but how bad of an accident can you get into (not including pedestrians, of course) at 17 MPH?

If there is anything scarier than a SLOW older driver, it's a FAST one. My father was an aggressive driver and when he got older he stayed just aggressive but lost the reflexes and senses. He did stuff when he was 75 (example: left turn from a side street onto a busy road on Friday at 5:00 PM) that I wouldn't do at 21 in a very fast car. It caught up with him, though I think he got into more accidents in the last three years of his life than he had in the previous 33.
That's irresponsibility. This is not an insult, just the facts.
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It's tragedy and loss of young life. Ironically I just posted a tread for a gentleman worried about the safety of a w126. My car saved my life at about 70mph, yes I was 5mph over the speed limit and the guys I hit blew a red light... Bottom line is that there is no substitute for experience. I went 20 years without putting a scratch on a car driving as a salesman 70,000 miles a year, until three 18year olds partying at 4am nearly killed me. Young kids are fearless and would do anything for a good time or impress their moron friends. Sad but true. No offense intended to other responsible young drivers. Alcohol, late night, speeding and inexperience is what an accident is made of. I feel sorry for the poor parents. Mercedes Benz is the safest car hands down but cannot protect on extreme freak accidents. God bless
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That's a totally shallow and ignorant comment Jomzo. I am 16 and drive a W202. I am an incredibly responsible driver...
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How about instead of strictly cocooning yourself in the "safest" car possible, learn to drive safe so you don't have to rely so much on the car's features?

Everyone should study the Smith system, it works.
im in total agreement with CLK, defensive driving is the key
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