Yasmeen Malik appreciates luxury and says she is a good kid. However, she also says she is a good example of why teens shouldn’t get nice cars.
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Nearly every week at my private high school, another sophomore pulls into school, freshly licensed, behind the wheel of a car that many middle aged, hard working adults will never know the privilege of driving. In a week those same cars appear in the parking lot, adorned with blemishes and scuffs that highlight the inexperience of their owners.
Many parents just want to make sure their children have the best of everything, including cars. However, with statistics showing that 16 year olds have higher crash rates than any other age, it seems irresponsible for parents to purchase these lavishes vehicles if the reality is the car will be totaled or be involved in a crash at some point.
After several months of driving my parent’s Lexus, I was carelessly pulling into a parking spot and scraped the bumper against another car. I was in shock. I am proof that even a responsible “good” teenage driver can mess up.
My parents realized then, that a cheaper, more modest car would suit my needs. Parents of teenagers who are about to drive, or just started, should be thoughtful when buying their teen’s car. Just buy a reasonably priced car and put the saved money away for college tuition!