But Mom I Waaant it!
BY SARAH MORROW ON MAY 16, 2014
One thing I can’t stand or understand is why parents buy their 16-year-old kids expensive cars. Seeing a sophomore in a brand new Jeep Wrangler, Mercedez Benz, or an Audi makes my jaw drop to the ground. It's an extreme waste of money and even if parents can afford to buy their kids a $30,000 car, it doesn’t mean it should be their FIRST car.
When I got my license, I was terrified. I have grown up with a dad who strictly enforced seatbelts in the car, life jackets on the boat, and helmets and blinkers on the bike. He would always say while we were driving, “Remember, you are driving a 3000 pound missile that could hit someone at any second,” and “Drive like everyone else on the road is trying to kill you.” It's safe to say I was a little scarred.
Being raised this way made driving very serious in my eyes. I was always on alert in the car watching for people or animals in the road. However, the one thing I never really worried about was my own car.
My first car was a 1994 white Dodge Caravan, known fondly as “the rape van” of Rose, which was previously driven to rose by my three older sisters. It's pretty much your everyday, sketchy van with tinted windows and a sliding side door for all your creeper needs. Originally bought in 1994 by my dad, the caravan also known as “Evan” has become quite the relic over the years. Due to its old age and cruddy condition, driving Evan always posed a challenge. It had no heat or air conditioning, the brake was always sticking, and it had the turning radius of a Greyhound bus. Driving under these conditions trained me to become a better driver and a master at parking. If I had originally been given a brand new BMW, I'd like to think that it would still be alive today, but that's not nearly as likely. Giving your kid a new car is basically telling them that you think they are good enough drivers to handle a car THAT expensive. When you send them this message, they can become pretentious and act like they don’t need to work on their driving skills. And why would they? They don’t even need to bother with silly things like looking around because their new car has a rear view camera and blind spot detection that does it for them. What could possibly be bad about that? Maybe the fact that they could become accustomed to these driving conditions and forget how to drive normally without these features.
Plus, these newer cars have faster engines and more power behind the wheel. Some kids at Rose even have turbo engines, which is extremely unnecessary. I think students should be given a hand me down or less expensive car for high school and once they prove that they can take care of it then they can have a nicer car for college. Teen drivers have a crash rate 3 times more than adults over the age of 20. One specific car I feel is wasted by Rose students is the Jeep.
Jeeps have overrun this school and i cannot take it anymore. I do not have any issues with the Cherokee or the Compass but I am so tired of the Jeep Wrangler. For those who do not know, the Jeep Wrangler is the box-shaped car with large wheels, a high suspension, and removable doors. It is supposed to be used for off road driving due to its standard four wheel drive, but I think half the kids at rose only use it for going over traffic islands. It is a good car if you actually plan on using it for what it is made for, but a lot of kids do not.
Paying $30,000 for a brand new, four door Jeep Wrangler and then not even taking it off road is a waste. Because of its bad gas mileage, high rollover potential, uncomfortable suspension and over priced interior, it is not the best choice for people needing a comfortable and efficient ride. However, if you only want a fashion statement then be my guest.