Teens thing they are unbreakable. When I let Jared crash cars in the field he said he was trying to roll the Windstar. I asked him why, and he said because ti would be fun. I could not convince him that it would probably hurt. So I took him for a ride that had 30 years of experience behind the wheel to put with it. After one lap of the field he hit his head hard on the door frame. Then I jumped the van and he hit his knee on the dash. After that he realized that being upside down wouldn't be all that fun. IT was a bit of a hard lesson but her learned.
When I was a kid I tried to drive responsibly. I had my first car 10 days before I got hit. It wasn't my fault but in TN at the time the inexperienced driver was usually charged. I got a second car and after 3 months I fell asleep driving it (had been up 2 nights working at a church event, got home and slept for an hour and the phone rang and my boss needed me. No one was home to tell me no so I left. ) with no sleep and totaled it. Unbelievably my dad found me a 72 Bonneville with a 455 in it. I never had another at fault wreck.
There is a large difference between having an accident and driving like a maniac. Had I been terrorizing the town my dad would have sent my car to the crusher - probably with me in the trunk.
PS I really don't know if this post made any sense. I am a bit loopy from the pain meds.
Edit: my cars were not just given to me. I worked for my dads alarm company from 8 years old till I graduated from high school for no pay. He bought me the cars as payment.
Edited by mybigwarwagon, November 02, 2013 - 02:59 PM.