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Old 04-08-2013, 07:29 PM   #1
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"Kids" having powerful cars

Ok, so a lot of people on this site seem to think that kids (early drivers) should not be able to drive a powerful car like the Camaro. There are alot of stories about kids getting into accidents and dying or killing their passengers, or other drivers. Here is what I think:
Saying that "kids" should to have the opportunity to drive these cars, is an unfair statement. I personally bought my car after my father passed away. I was 18 Years old, and am still paying for my car by myself. I am a very responsible driver, like a lot of other "kids" out there. The reason kids are always in the news, is for that exact reason: Kid + Nice Car + Crash = News. Any person is capable of driving in a manner that endangers lives, and even reading on these forums, "4 cylinders is enough for kids" comes up enough. All I am trying to say, is if a "kid" can legitimatly buy his/her own car and be a safe, proud owner of it, than it should be accepted.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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Not sure what your issue is, exactly....Buy whatever you want, and drive whatever you want, as long as it's legal...A few posts seen here isn't going to change any legal restrictions any time soon....
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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Ok, so a lot of people on this site seem to think that kids (early drivers) should not be able to drive a powerful car like the Camaro. There are alot of stories about kids getting into accidents and dying or killing their passengers, or other drivers. Here is what I think:
Saying that "kids" should to have the opportunity to drive these cars, is an unfair statement. I personally bought my car after my father passed away. I was 18 Years old, and am still paying for my car by myself. I am a very responsible driver, like a lot of other "kids" out there. The reason kids are always in the news, is for that exact reason: Kid + Nice Car + Crash = News. Any person is capable of driving in a manner that endangers lives, and even reading on these forums, "4 cylinders is enough for kids" comes up enough. All I am trying to say, is if a "kid" can legitimatly buy his/her own car and be a safe, proud owner of it, than it should be accepted.
Some kids do OK. The last accident involving my care in motion was when I was 17 years old. Let's see. That was around 1979, maybe '80. (Backing into a friend's trash can in the dark last year does not count.)

First car was a '69 Camaro. A Frankenstein monster, really. Three on the floor and a slightly built 327 small block. Too bad it was stolen about 6 mo. after I got it.

A few since then were a '85 Shelby Charger, '87 Shelby Daytona. '92 Prelude Si. BTW, I traded my '05 AVEO for the '10 LS you see below. Never borrowed a dime from anybody except the bank.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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All in how the "kid" has been raised and taught to drive. My daughters were drag racng at 15 and running 7 seconds in the 1/4 mile by age 16.

No issues on the street running any of our 11-10 second vettes, etc. but I see idiots kill themselves all the time in a car they have never been taught to respect.
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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When I was in High School, I had a 72 Chevelle and had it doing high 12's at Baylands.. raced out there all the time "High School Nights"..

"kids" and fast cars have been around for a long time, before Camaro's even ..just don't text and drive please!
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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What's to stop a kid from getting a Honda and building it up to a ricer? There just as likely to get in an accident as a kid who buys a camaro right? People just see the camaro as a race car and should not be for kids, when in fact if there going to race and be stupid it doesn't matter the vehicle there still going to do it. I see people in trucks and mini vans drive stupid all the time.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:11 PM   #7
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i agree, im just a "kid" to most and get that alot. it gets old..
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:13 PM   #8
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Looking back I feel that I was extremely responsible for my age back then. But if my parents were to give me a 426 hp SS there is no doubt I would have done some stupid stuff for sure.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:14 PM   #9
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no, Dumb spoiled kids + rich dumb yuppi idiot parents + fast cars = likely disaster. many adults have this illusion that they are living in a Disneyland cartoon and don't have a lick of usable logic.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:15 PM   #10
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I had a '68 SS Camaro in 1975 at the age of 17. It had a 375HP 396 that anyone that knows Chevy engines form the late '60s can tell you they had a lot more power than they were rated. Looking back it's a wonder I didn't kill myself or anyone else. Did a lot of crazy things and got away with it. We didn't even wear seatbelts back then.

Anyone is entitled to drive what they want as long as they are responsible. Or lucky like I was.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:18 PM   #11
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Kids, as well as the older crowd can be accused of driving dangerously at times. Some people never grow up or use good judgment while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Any vehicle is dangerous not just the "powerful" ones. All in how's it's operated.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:32 PM   #12
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No offense but you drive an LT, it's a good amount of power but not a ton.

I agree though, irresponsible younger people should not drive sports cars due to inexperience and just plain showing off. It's not a good idea
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:59 PM   #13
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No offense but you drive an LT, it's a good amount of power but not a ton.

I agree though, irresponsible younger people should not drive sports cars due to inexperience and just plain showing off. It's not a good idea

300+ horsepower is what the last generation had for a v8. I would say that is a good amount of power.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:07 PM   #14
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I don't see what's wrong with it as long as they know how to drive. If they get the car because they're a performance enthusiast, and they look to race it (on track), then I'm okay with it. If they get it because they think it looks cool and they want to show off, then I'm not okay with it.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:09 PM   #15
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There are good younger drivers...

The statistics here don't lie though. Younger drivers are more likely to get into accidents, especially in the first 2-3 years they drive.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:13 PM   #16
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No offense but you drive an LT, it's a good amount of power but not a ton.

I agree though, irresponsible younger people should not drive sports cars due to inexperience and just plain showing off. It's not a good idea
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300+ horsepower is what the last generation had for a v8. I would say that is a good amount of power.
These V6 are no joke at all. Im 19 never had a speeding ticket or been in an accident. I have always driven powerful cars from my camaro, to a corvette, to a Few SS, and many others. In my opinion I feel like driving a Manual car has made me a better drive since you have to a be a little more aware of your surroundings and plan accordingly
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:13 PM   #17
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There are good younger drivers...

The statistics here don't lie though. Younger drivers are more likely to get into accidents, especially in the first 2-3 years they drive.
Now if they would just put down the cell phones while driving.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:14 PM   #18
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Im just 16....

Since I was 14 when the camaro first came out I've always wanted one... so at that age I began selling the newspaper, which believe it or not was decent money... so when I turned 16, I had saved up to about 16k, which was enough to prove to my father that if he covered the rest for a purchase of a 1LS, that I would pay him back... all in all, my camaro has taught me that diligence, persistence, and responsibility will pay off... yes, people think im spoiled, look down on my parents for "buying me such a car" but honestly, I could care less because the car means so much more to me because I worked hard for it... I totally agree that there are quite a few irresponsible kids who really shouldn't be driving such a car, but at the same time there is a small corner of people like me who are probably more responsible drivers than some adults!
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Now if they would just put down the cell phones while driving.
That's a big No. No text message is worth the distraction and disaster that it can lead to. It can wait. Only time I use my phone is when i have Bluetooth on to talk so I never have to touch my phone
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Now if they would just put down the cell phones while driving.
Kids aren't the only ones that text and drive? Age doesn't determine driving skill or responsibility.. I know plenty of irresponsible drivers out there that are way too old to be considered "Kids".
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300+ horsepower is what the last generation had for a v8. I would say that is a good amount of power.
Previous years didn't way 3800 lbs though...
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:24 PM   #22
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I'm 16 and didn't get a Camaro because insurance would've been way too much.
A friend of mine wrecked his 2000 Mercury Cougar V6. That's not a powerful car. Anyone can wreck anything. To me, it seems like kids with the cars that aren't as fast are the ones who try to drive fast. After school Friday, a kid with a early 2000's Silverado did a burnout onto the street driving away from my school. Just today, I was going to my dealership to get oil filters and at a stoplight, a teenager with an old Hyundai was trying to race me. I didn't race or rev at all. He still did a burnout when the light turned green.
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I'm 16 and didn't get a Camaro because insurance would've been way too much.
A friend of mine wrecked his 2000 Mercury Cougar V6. That's not a powerful car. Anyone can wreck anything. To me, it seems like kids with the cars that aren't as fast are the ones who try to drive fast. After school Friday, a kid with a early 2000's Silverado did a burnout onto the street driving away from my school. Just today, I was going to my dealership to get oil filters and at a stoplight, a teenager with an old Hyundai was trying to race me. I didn't race or rev at all. He still did a burnout when the light turned green.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:29 PM   #24
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It doesn't matter what the kid is driving, it's still 3000lbs of death on wheels if they treat it like a toy.

Most of the time it comes down to good parenting, and personality of the individual. There's plenty of dumbass guys my age (mid twenties) cruising around the streets. They're just as dangerous as a 16 year old behind the wheel.
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Ok, so a lot of people on this site seem to think that kids (early drivers) should not be able to drive a powerful car like the Camaro. There are alot of stories about kids getting into accidents and dying or killing their passengers, or other drivers. Here is what I think:
Saying that "kids" should to have the opportunity to drive these cars, is an unfair statement. I personally bought my car after my father passed away. I was 18 Years old, and am still paying for my car by myself. I am a very responsible driver, like a lot of other "kids" out there. The reason kids are always in the news, is for that exact reason: Kid + Nice Car + Crash = News. Any person is capable of driving in a manner that endangers lives, and even reading on these forums, "4 cylinders is enough for kids" comes up enough. All I am trying to say, is if a "kid" can legitimatly buy his/her own car and be a safe, proud owner of it, than it should be accepted.
When i think kids with powerful car i think why are you paying those outrageous insurance prices or why are your parents doing that or finally the most important.. Your not driving with insurance therefore no matter what your endangering others
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