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Are older cars really safer for younger drivers?

You've advised someone looking for a cheap car for their 17-year-old son to consider a small classic such a Morris Minor. I'm very concerned about this because of the lack of safety features on older cars, coupled with the likelihood of young drivers to be involved in accidents. My daughter was in a head-on crash with both cars travelling at around 30mph. Although she suffered a bad back injury, I'm convinced that if it wasn't for the crash protection provided by the Nissan Micra she was driving her injuries would have been much much worse, if not fatal. I'd strongly recommend everyone, and young drivers in particular, drive the most modern car they can afford - their lives may depend on it.

Asked on 9 February 2013 by EB, Sunderland

Answered by Honest John
The safety feature is the old car. Crash stats for classics like Morris Minors are tiny compared to the stats for standard hatchbacks. That's why the insurance is so low.
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