According to a recent article in USA Today, automobile sales are on the decline. This is the first year this has happened since the Great Recession. Some attribute the decline to a higher starting price for new vehicles, thinking that more technology and standard features is costing customers more than they can afford. Others say it is because more people are buying nice used cars that have previously been leased or dealer owned.
If the purchase of new vehicles is declining and the purchase of used vehicles is increasing, more used vehicles are on the road than ever before. What does this say for driver safety? Are used cars more likely to cause an accident?
Are Used Cars Less Safe Than New Cars?
Technology improvements emerge every year, many of them designed to improve driver awareness and safety. Older model vehicles do not have safety features such as blind spot warning, lane change alerts, or front-end collision emergency brake systems. Older model vehicles also do not have Bluetooth technology and do not allow drivers to use their cell phone in their car hands-free.
Older model cars are more likely to have mechanical trouble and more likely to be in need of repair. Old tires, brakes, and maintenance neglect can contribute to a higher risk for a car causing an accident.
It is important to remember that automobiles do not cause accidents. People cause accidents. Driver safety can best be improved when people commit to driving cautiously and without distraction of any kind. Whether your car is two days old or two decades old, practicing safe driver behavior is the best way for you to ensure that you will reach your destination safely.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a car accident on Kentucky roads, Thomas Law Offices can help. Our team is committed to the goal of every Kentucky driver staying accident free. Contact us today for a free consultation of your case.
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