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Driving Through The Ages

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Everybody knows that a variety of things come into play when driving risks are involved. And, one of the leading contenders here is your age. When we look at accident statistics, they’re commonly separated by age. And, a look at the results makes it easy to see why. Our age dictates a lot when it comes to driving. From experience to health; it all comes into play.

While stereotypes are never all-inclusive, it helps to consider the risks of each age range. The statistics are there for a reason. Paying heed will help you become aware of the dangers of your driving, and that of those around you. Which is  why we’re going to look at driving through the ages, and the risks each range face.

18-25 (The young drivers)

Of all the driving ages, youngsters get the worst reputation. And, to be fair, the statistics back it up. It’s thought that drivers aged 18-25 are three times more likely to crash. That’s pretty frightening. In truth, though, the reasoning here may not be what we expect. We have an idea of teens who drive fast to show off. The reality is that many accidents happen due to inexperience. Young drivers are using certain roads for the first time. Plus, their knowledge is still limited. They may have forgotten some essentials older drivers take for granted. Bear this in mind if you see a young driver on the road next to you. Keep a distance and be patient. Equally, if you are a young driver, do your best to extend your knowledge. If you recognize areas you need to work on, take an experienced driver with you, and practice until you feel confident.

35-50 (The middle drivers)

The next age-range of note are the middle drivers. These are generally people who have been driving for a decent amount of time. Their health is still good and, for the most part, they’re the most reliable on the road. In fact, the main risk to this group is often the two age ranges which sandwich it. Middle drivers are more likely to experience an accident caused by someone else. If this happens to you, don’t hesitate to contact companies like The Kindley Law Firm who can help you with compensation matters. Bear in mind, though that, as a member of the most privileged driving group, it’s also down to you to pay close attention. Give learner drivers the space they need and be patient with older drivers who may be having trouble.

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60+ (The older drivers)

Speaking of older drivers, the 60+ drivers are our last stop. These silver haired drivers are often just as much a risk as youngsters on the road. Only, there’s less media coverage of this issue. Sight and hearing problems are just two of the risk factors here. If you fit into this category, stay safe by admitting problems early on. If you’re worried about your sight or hearing, get yourself checked before hitting the road again.

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The Most Popular Cars Throughout The Decades

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Cars have come a long way through the years – they are constantly changing shapes and sizes all the time. No matter what decade you’re from, there’s been a type of car that has stood out.

Here are the best cars that have continued on throughout the decades.

1910’s: Ford® Model T

Well, this is the car that started it all. This Ford Model T was the very first vehicle that was popular enough to get itself into mass production. Because of this, it became an affordable car that allowed the average person to buy one.

These cool old cars changed so many people’s lives as it made traveling around much easier because people were able to be independent. This Ford produced 20 horsepower at a top speed of 45 miles per hour. It created mobility to hundreds and thousands of people to travel in another form than by horse or train.

1920’s and 1930’s: Ford® Model A

The next thing to come was the new and improved version of the Model T. This was built to be a lot sportier, and generally more attractive than the first. The Model A had improved tires so it could deal with rougher terrains. It was also made to be a lot quicker, doubling in horsepower. It was also the first car that functioned as a cab with closing windows, making the car look complete.

The Model A car was so talked about before the actual release; it went on to become one of the best-selling cars in America, over 2 million of them were sold in only 2 years of its production.

1950’s: Cadillac Eldorado

When this vehicle was first built, it wasn’t intended on being driven; it was only made to be a show vehicle to look pretty on stage. The Cadillac Eldorado had grills, chrome trim, and fins. This spectacle of a car fit into the 50’s perfectly.

At the time, the Eldorado was a very luxurious and highly expensive car, costing even more than what a Rolls Royce did. It had all of the specifications that the best cars had – air conditioning, self-leveling suspension, stainless steel roof and even its own build in radio.

1960’s: Ford® Shelby Mustang

The Shelby Mustang is one of the cars that made a dent in 1960’s vehicle history. The car looked like a tough, ‘bad boy’ car, but it was built to deliver a superior performance. This car was specifically made for people that dreamed of owning their own racing car but had to settle for something that was legal to drive on the roads. Having said that, it wasn’t made to be a practical ‘family car.’

Its controls were quite stiff to handle, but it delivered a very high speed. It was built with an incredible 306 horsepower and was able to get up to 140 miles per hour. That was a very big deal and still is to this day. It was famous for its chrome trim and perfectly placed racing stripes. It’s so iconic that it’s still featured in films and TV shows.

1980’s: Honda Accord

The Honda Accord was catered towards the families as it was a bigger car that provided a lot more space, and was much more reliable. The car wasn’t a flashy vehicle to be shown off to your pals; it was suited towards the middle-class Americans who had a certain price range to match their needs. This car was what you would take on a road trip, and ended up being by far, the best-selling vehicles in US history because of its practicality.

Its reputation was based on its low price and simplicity, making it a hit with everyone.

1990’s: Toyota Supra

The Toyota Supra was known as the king. It was breathtakingly affordable, but was also one of the easiest make of cars to fine tune performance wise. This car was a very cheap version of a sports car. It was able to reach 155 miles per hour, and hold around 300 horsepower. You even had the option of adding on an extra 400 horsepower!

Even when the cars had stopped being made, it was such a sought-after car, making it even rarer than it was at the time. With the help of films like Fast And Furious, the Supra’s popularity increased even more.

2000’s: Tesla Roadster

The Tesla Roadster was made in 2008, and it was famous for being the first electric car put into production that was able to be driven on the streets legally. Considering it has an electric motor, it was able to reach a top speed of 125 miles per hour, which is a very big deal. This car gave amazing power while saving the planet because of its zero emissions, all while looking like a stunning sports car that only millionaires can drive.

Because of the Tesla, electric automobiles are now slowly but surely changing the industry. Sooner or later, everyone will own an electric car – which would be ideal because the planet will benefit from it greatly.

So what’s next to come?

Well as you can see, cars have come a mighty long way over the years. Cars have become a huge part of today’s society, and the world would be a completely different place if there were no cars. They are the thing that people dream about now. People work extra hours and make budgets so that they can buy the latest beauty. Almost everyone in the world aspires to drive the best, most exciting car, and this will continue on far into the future, for generations to come.

As time passes, technology is improving more and more. Who knows what will exist in 2030. Maybe the cars will hover, and there will be no more need for tires. It sounds far stretched, but the possibilities really are endless. Look at today’s cars; they now have new features that give you blind spot warnings to prevent collisions. There are even monitors than track your heart rate and are able to detect if you’re falling asleep!

Performance and power are getting bigger and better, and the craving to have the best is growing more and more. It has never been so exciting waiting for the next new model…